Daly sings with Hootie, leaves PGA course broody

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — Joedy McCreary, The As­so­ci­ated Press

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C.» John Daly strug­gled on his fi­nal hole Thurs­day. Maybe he needed Hootie to hold his hand.

Daly went from con­tender to cur­mud­geon af­ter a triple bo­gey on the 18th hole capped an event­ful 24-hour pe­riod at the 99th PGA Cham­pi­onship that in­cluded singing a Prince song on­stage with Dar­ius Rucker.

Daly tweeted videos taken Wed­nes­day night of him join­ing the Hootie & the Blow­fish front­man turned coun­try soloist to sing “Pur­ple Rain” and other songs.

The good times kept rolling through Daly’s 8:20 a.m. tee time — he was at even par through 17 holes, with four birdies to bal­ance four bo­geys.

Then came the melt­down on 18 — the third of Quail Hol­low’s bru­tal “Green Mile” stretch of fin­ish­ing holes. He missed the green at the 494-yard par 4 and hit two poor chips be­fore three­p­utting from 11 feet to drop well off the pace.

Be­fore that, he was headed for his best round at a PGA Cham­pi­onship since his 69 at Ki­awah Is­land in 2012. He earned his life­time ex­emp­tion at this ma­jor cham­pi­onship by win­ning at Crooked Stick in 1991.

Daly left Quail Hol­low with­out speaking to re­porters but was heard telling his fi­ancée that he wanted to “get out of here,” us­ing a pro­fan­ity to ex­press his frus­tra­tion with the course and head­ing straight for the play­ers’ park­ing lot.

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