This Day In Sports History (August 11th) – John Daly
It was on this day in 1991 that John Daly won the 1991 PGA Championship. Daly became the first rookie to win a major title since Jerry Pate won the U.S. Open in 1976.
John Daly’s win was one of the most improbable and surprising wins in golf history. Daly was the ninth and final alternate for the tournament and after Nick Price dropped out and no other alternate was able to make it, John got his opportunity. Although he did not play a practice round, Daly still shot a three under 69 in the opening round. He followed that up with rounds of 67, 69 and 71 to finish the tournament at 12 under par, three strokes better than runner-up Bruce Lietzke.
After his win, John Daly became an instant fan favorite. His massive drives, eccentric personality and colorful wardrobe still makes him one of the most popular players on the tour to this day.
Here is a clip of Daly teeing off of a beer can.
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Craig Ehlo, NBA – Born August 11th 1961 (age 50) in Lubbock, Texas
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