John Daly wins his first tournament in over nine years and won it in a three way playoff!!
John Daly buried his face in his hands and cried, a winner again thanks to a shot that epitomizes his turbulent career.
With a 100-foot bunker shot that trickled within 4 inches of the cup, Daly birdied the 18th hole Sunday to win the Buick Invitational in a three-man
playoff, his first PGA Tour victory in nearly nine years.
''It's the greatest,'' Daly said, fighting back tears. ''I've had a lot of ups and downs. Geez, this is sweet.''
For those who have followed the turmoil in his life, it was simply stunning.
Only six months ago, Daly was down in the dumps when he learned his fourth wife had been indicted on federal drug and gambling charges, just five days
after giving birth to his first son.
Daly crashed the PGA Tour scene in 1991 by winning the PGA Championship as the ninth alternate. He picked up his second major on golf's most hallowed
grounds, the '95 British Open at St. Andrews.
After both highs, he spiraled into incredible lows -- two divorces, two trips to alcohol rehab, rash behavior on the golf course that led the PGA Tour
to suspend him, rumors of gambling and drinking.
Suddenly, it feels like another new start.
''This is the greatest victory,'' Daly said. ''I won two majors. Nothing can take away from that. But I've never won a tournament that Tiger Woods has
been in the field. That feels good.''
Woods pulled within two shots until his driver failed him again. He closed with a 69 and tied for 10th, two strokes short of the playoff.
Phil Mickelson also made a big charge, with birdies on eight of his first 11 holes. He birdied the final hole for a 67, then waited nearly an hour to
see if he would make the playoff.
Nice to see John Daly win after all he's been through. He had one heck of a tournament.