John Daly - in the pink on and off the golf course
John Daly made the cut for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in Virginia Water, England. But while his play fell off during the final round, his class was in full effect on Sunday, when he wore pink pants to show his support for Amy Mickelson, who is currently fighting breast cancer.
“I had a pair, so I figured I’d do that for her today. I thought it would be a good gesture,” Daly told the Associated Press. “I know Phil very well and I know Amy. I’ve known them for a long time – we’ve played the Tour together. She’s a great lady. She has always been a sweetheart to everybody.”
Daly’s unprovoked support of Mickelson was just the latest in a run of positive stories about Big John. Because while one can question whether the PGA Tour acted appropriately in suspending Daly for six months, the simple fact is that Daly has used the time to showcase why so many golf fans fell in love with him in the first place.
Spending his time now competing in Europe, Daly’s game has started raising some eyebrows. More than that, however, his attitude both on and off the course has been steady and professional. Noticeably slimmer following stomach surgery, Daly said in a Q&A with the Golf Blog NiceBallz that his swing is now noticeably faster.
One of the more interesting aspects of Daly’s resurgence is how he’s kept his fans in the loop. A big fan of the social networking site Twitter (where he can be found @PGA_JohnDaly), Daly’s usage of the site far exceeds most celebrities and athletes. He gladly interacts with his fans on a near-daily basis, and has amassed nearly 6,000 followers in just a short time on the site.
Daly will soon be returning the PGA Tour, where corporate sponsorships will again be awaiting him. And while it’s too early to say whether or not the form that led him to two major titles will come with him, there should be no doubt that his fans will be there to support him, wherever and whenever he plays. And lately, he’s been giving those fans plenty of positive things to support.
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Second, I hope JD can keep it up. When he comes back to the US I think he may be met with a surprising amount of attention and well, temptation.
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