x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Daly is eager to get back into the swing

John Daly's suspension on the PGA Tour is over, and the two-time major champion plans to return in three weeks for the St Jude Championship and US Open qualifying.

JACKSONVILLE // John Daly's suspension on the PGA Tour is over, and the two-time major champion plans to return in three weeks for the St Jude Championship and US Open qualifying. Daly was suspended for six months in November after a series of off-course incidents that brought negative publicity, the most recent was a photograph of him in an orange jail suit with his eyes half-closed after being locked up overnight in North Carolina to get sober. He has played eight times overseas during his suspension, including a month in Europe, where he tied for second in the Italian Open.

"I know I'll be ready to play," Daly said. "I'm not going to be [half-trying] like I've done in the past. I know I may not play the tour if something good doesn't happen. It's making me work harder." His agent at SFX Sports, Bud Martin, said Daly, 43, would not taking any short cuts as he tries to get his game in order. "He's been working on his game, working on trying to get his life together." Daly has not won on the PGA Tour since the Buick Invitational five years ago, and he has not kept his card for the last two years, having to rely on sponsor exemptions and tournaments where he has won, such as the British Open.

He said he received a sponsor's exemption to the St Jude Championship on June 11-14 in Memphis, Tennessee, near his home. He said he also received an exemption from the Buick Open. "I'm getting my life back in order and I'm more organised," Daly said. * AP