Daly sings with Hootie, leaves PGA course broody
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.