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John Daly recalls story of Tiger Woods snubbing him


There is no serious comparison between the talents on offer from both John Daly and Tiger Woods. After all, one of them loves to hit the gym and play at every opportunity, while the other loves to down pints in the clubhouse and chain smoke between putts.

However, Daly recently told a story to The Golf Channel which seemed to suggest Woods admired the man more than many realise.

It was during the 2004 Target World Challenge and Daly had just completed the Wednesday pro-am with some friends and was in the clubhouse drinking and telling stories when Tiger Woods walked into the room.

“Tiger’s there in his workout clothes and I said, ‘Tiger come have a beer with us, man,’” Daly recalls.

Woods declined, explaining that he was bound for the gym and one of his ubiquitous workout sessions. Daly persisted, “I go, ‘Man, you don’t need to work out. You need to drink a little bit with us.’”

Woods’ answer is the stuff of legend.

“He said, ‘If I had your talent I’d be doing the same thing you’re doing,’” Daly says. “I’m looking at him thinking ‘you’re crazy, man.’”

Daly turns 50 on Thursday and will make his Champions tour debut in May.



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