John Daly won a professional event for the first time in 10 years on Saturday at the Beko Classic, a three-round pro-am event in Antalya, Turkey.
Shooting an even-par 72 in the final round, the two-time major winner Daly held on to win the event by one stroke. Darren Clarke was also in the field of the Beko Classic, an event sanctioned by the PGAs of Europe. Daly’s previous win before Saturday was at the 2004 Buick Invitational.
While the $8,000 winner’s check is small change for a guy who has won more than $10 million in his professional career, Daly, 48, said the win would give him confidence going into next season.
“It feels great to win –- as professional we try to build on confidence so any time you win anything it’s a confidence builder,” Daly said. “It’s pretty much my last tournament of the year so I can hopefully go into 2015 with some extra confidence.”
The win capped a big week for Daly, who announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Anna Cladakis earlier this week. It will be the fifth marriage for Daly, who once recorded a country song called “All My Ex’s Wear Rolexes.”