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John Daly on his way for Butterfield Bermuda Championship

John Daly will be walking the fairways at Port Royal Golf Course next week

One of the most famous physiques in world golf is getting ready to tee it up in the Butterfield Bermuda Championship next week.

The cigar-chomping, beer-swilling John Daly has confirmed that he is intending to patricipate in the four-day championship, which starts next Thursday at Port Royal Golf Course.

The 56-year-old’s golfing career has featured as many controversies as achievements with his antics on and off the fairways certain to make him one of the biggest draws for spectators next week.

Although it is more than 25 years since his last major success in the 1995 Open Championships at St Andrew’s, Daly has remained a fans favourite after overcoming some personal demons to make it back on to the course.

In the early part of the 1990s, Daly was a consistent threat in the biggest tournaments on the calendar after famously winning the 1991 PGA Championship as the ninth and final alternate after Nick Price pulled out on the eve of the event when his wife went into labour.

Daly had to drive through the night to make it to the course in time to play and went on to win by three strokes, propelling the previously unheralded player to the height of fame, which he struggled to cope with.

Just two years after his first major win, Daly finished tied for third in the Masters behind Bernhard Langer but the season after was to be his most turbulent as he was suspended for poor behaviour, which included walking off the course mid-round during the Kapalua International.

The suspension also covered incidents at the Kemper Open when he was disqualified for throwing his scorecard at the scoring tent and the Southern Open where he walked off the course without telling his partners he was quitting.

He entered alcohol rehab for three weeks in late 1993 and then returned to the Tour and won the 1994 BellSouth Classic, claiming it was his first win sober.

Despite redemption coming when beating Costantino Rocca in a play-off at the 1995 Opwn, Daly continued to struggle with alcoholism for the best part of the next decade and was again suspended by the PGA tour in 2008 for an incident involving the police at the Honda Classic.

In the past few years, Daly appears to be a more calm figure and he is still capable of winning tournaments with a victory in the 2017 Insperity Invitational on the PGA Champions Tour his last success.

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Published October 20, 2022 at 6:17 am (Updated October 21, 2022 at 7:10 am)

John Daly on his way for Butterfield Bermuda Championship

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