Your Daly Dose
After shooting a 67 on Thursday, John Daly is two shots off the lead at the 2007 PGA Championship. After his opening round, Daly spoke with members of the media. Here are some highlights from his press conference.
John, congratulations on the round. Some thoughts on why things went so well today? I have no idea. There was odds with all the caddies and players this week who would fall first, me or my caddie. So we made it. We made 18 holes.
2 of 8Morry Gash/AP
Go through your card with birdies and bogeys, please. I can't remember the holes, it's been so long. I think I hit a driver on 4. Yeah, I hit driver wait a minute. I can't remember, to tell you the truth (laughter). Only had three heat strokes out there (laughter). Honestly I cannot remember.
3 of 8David Cannon/Getty Images
If you didn't play a practice round here at Southern Hills, how did you prepare for this tournament? I've been playing slots over at Cherokee Casino. Did good the first day; didn't do too good the other day. But I played their golf course yesterday. I went out just in a cart. They gave me the golf course from 10:00 to 1:00 yesterday. I got a lot of practicing in.
4 of 8Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
You mentioned the heat. Can you survive four days of this stuff? I'm used to it, let's put it that way. I grew up around this area. I'm used to kind of little valleys where you don't get a lot of you don't get any air and there's a lot of humidity and it's tough to breathe. I light up a cigarette and drink some caffeine and it actually works (laughter).
5 of 8DAvid Cannon/Getty Images
Tiger came in a week early to play the course. Got here at 6 Monday morning to start his practice rounds. Obviously you didn't. You admitted you haven't practiced here. Just talk about the difference in philosophies. And obviously it hasn't hurt your score yet. Everybody is different. I'm in better shape than Tiger. No, I don't know. I was talking to Vijay at the British Open. He was there eight days prior to the tournament. I can't do that. I get burnt out.
6 of 8David Cannon/Getty Images
Was there any looking back at [The British Open] because you got off to such a good start today as you did back then, was there any worry about the other shoe dropping? To be honest with you I was waiting to make a seven or eight because that's the way it's been going the last year and a half. If there was 14 holes on a golf course, I would have won 17 tournaments in the last year and a half. That's the way I look at it. Look at my scorecard: One or two bad holes every round.
7 of 8David Cannon/Getty Images
Have you ever been involved with a sports psychologist? To be a sports psychologist you gotta be insane to listen to all the &%@# we've got to talk about. I don't know. I mean, I think I just answered that pretty damn good there.
8 of 8Jeff Roberson/AP
As a kid, what was the hottest, dustiest golf course you played? Wow, it would be somewhere in West Texas, I think. Probably one of the nine-hole golf courses. I played a tournament, actually in Lubbock, Texas, not too long ago with a buddy of mine it was dusty, windy and hot. I think I ate dust and dirt for breakfast, lunch and dinner that day (laughter).
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