John Daly is missing The Masters just like the rest of us

This is the 7 days John Daly would commonly be at the Masters. A two-time important winner, he hasn’t been a participant in the storied match considering the fact that 2002, but remains an once-a-year fixture even though offering his attire out of a trailer parked upcoming to a Hooters in close proximity to Augusta Countrywide Golfing Club.

For the earlier number of a long time, Daly arrived the Saturday ahead of event 7 days and did not depart until eventually the afternoon of the ultimate round. For 12 hrs a day, he bought and autographed almost everything he introduced for acquire: pics, pin flags, hats, beanies, head covers, shirts and pants. Golf enthusiasts from all over the world filtered by way of his offerings largely simply because they required to fulfill Daly, who stays 1 of golf’s most beloved figures. A single time he even signed a woman’s bare bottom.

“It’s like Arnold Palmer informed me at his locker when me and Fuzzy [Zoeller] and Hubert [Green] were sitting down there having a cocktail collectively,” Daly recalled. “He said, ‘Look if this at any time finishes — men and women taking photos and inquiring for autographs — then your occupation is more than.’ It does get tiresome, and as the working day goes on persons who’ve experienced a little bit also much to consume can get a tiny mean. But everybody has a excellent time and that is type of what it’s about.”

The 2020 Masters has been postponed until Nov. 12-15 owing to COVID-19, so Daly isn’t parked outside the house Hooters on Washington Avenue, but working towards social distancing at the golf program he owns in Dardanelle, Ark.

“My brother is the superintendent,” Daly explained in a telephone interview with The Post. “My daughter runs the store. I get out and assistance my brother by cutting the greens and rolling fairways. Luckily, I can at minimum get on my program and do some things. I’ve only experienced just loved ones occur out and participate in it. Everybody is retaining their distance and not touching the flags and all that stuff.”

The RV that Daly planned to consider to Augusta continues to be completely stocked. It is a method that 1st started extra than 20 many years back when some considered Daly as a battling golfing pro striving to make an further buck. Daly’s lifetime has played out like a tragedy at times, with his typical wellbeing a recurring problem.

He deteriorated physically to the position at which he sought and was granted authorization to experience a cart throughout the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black final 12 months. He was criticized by quite a few of his peers, such as Tiger Woods, for pursuing that alternative.

Daly, 53, stated he had knee surgical procedure on Nov. 5, which has relieved a lot of the soreness and he experienced prepared to walk at the British Open, which was canceled last week. But he is even now working with dizzy spells that could effects the remainder of his profession.

“I’m a recently diagnosed diabetic,” Daly informed The Publish. “I’ve received to be watchful. I have obtained the insulin correct. I’ve got anything correct. I was possessing dizzy spells for about a calendar year. Insert large blood stress and not the best of livers … to me that scares me more than the knee. I know the knee will get superior.”

Daly performed in 8 Masters, the last in 2002, when he made the slice and tied for 32nd. His very best complete was a third-place tie in 1993, when a closing round of 69 still left him 5-below for the tournament, six photographs powering Bernhard Langer, who gained the next of his two Masters.

Daly’s fame erupted when he won the 1991 PGA Championship in his first-ever major and later additional the 1995 British Open. The admirers have not forgotten, at least not the types who line up outside Hooters for the duration of the Masters to purchase his equipment.

“Even when I performed the Masters, I would go to Hooters,” Daly reported. “A buddy of mine used to operate it and I’d do two to three hrs, based on my tee time and things. The past number of decades it is just been 12-hour days. It is difficult on my ft and every little thing, but I appreciate it. To see the admirers and know that I’m nevertheless appreciated and permit them know how a great deal I like them. If I’m not in the [Augusta National] gates at minimum I’m shut to it.”

Daly isn’t guaranteed if he’ll make it to Augusta in November. He’s a common on the Champions Tour and generally does about 30 company dates through the 12 months. The Masters is the only event to which he provides an RV loaded with things to market.

“The money is not great, but it’s enjoyment and it’ll fork out a few charges,” Daly explained. “I’m stocked and loaded. It’ll just have to sit there and wait right up until November I guess.”