With his unique clothing selections and his large pack of fans that follow him from hole to hole, John Daly is a guy that is very hard to miss.

Even with his nationwide popularity, he continues to come play in Endicott every year. 

With his powerful drives and endless personality, John Daly, at age 52, continues to be one of the most popular golfers in the PGA.

While he missed the cut at last week’s PGA Championship, in a fan voted poll his 1991 tournament victory finished as the second greatest moment in the event’s history only to Tiger Woods’ triumph in 2000.

“I’m glad I still have the fan base that I have being older. Golf gives us that life that we can still play out and be relevant. To being on tv and hopefully playing decent golf and also making a living. It’s really the only sport you can do it and that’s what’s great about it,” said Daly.

Despite his immense popularity, injury struggles, and continued work on the PGA Tour, Daly returns to Endicott, N.Y. to play in the Champions Tour Dick’s Sporting Goods Open for a third straight year. 

He says coming back was a really easy decision.

“Well I love the golf course and I love the people. Johnny’s been a really good friend of mine since I started the senior tour. I love coming for them, I love Dick’s I shop at Dick’s all the time. And I love Ed stack and all those guys so it’s just a win win for everybody,” said Daly.

Daly won at the En-Joie golf course while the Tournament was the B.C Open in 1992.

He says the history here and the unique memento he was left with provide even more reason to comeback.
“This has been one of the oldest tournaments on the tour. It goes way way back when and I still got my funny cartoon B.C open trophy which is pretty cool,” said Daly.

Looking to improve off of last year’s third place finish, Daly hopes to add to his trophy collection, and to his impact left on En-Joie’s history.

In his return to the Dick’s Open in 2016, he finished eleventh before improving to third last year.

Sitting at one over par, nine strokes off the lead.

After day one the trend of improvement doesn’t seem likely but that’s why they play the game.