Daly announces return Down Under

Reuters - Mon, 23 Aug 05:30:00 2010

Maverick golfer John Daly has confirmed he will return to Australia at the end of the year to play the national PGA championship.

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The American's visits to Australia have rarely been quiet ones, but the 44 year-old's outlandish attire and booming drives have proved a massive draw for struggling events Down Under in recent years.

"I really love coming to Australia," Daly said. "The Coolum course is great, the fans love their golf and I hope I can come back this year and really put in a good performance."

The 1991 US PGA and 1995 British Open winner created headlines two years ago after smashing a spectator's camera into a tree at the Australian Open and was disqualified from the PGA tournament in 2002 after throwing his putter in a lake.

He swore never to return to Australia after complaining of negative media treatment but reappeared last year, slimmed down and in a far more serene state of mind.

Having struggled to play a full weekend in previous years, Daly delighted organisers by making cuts at both the Australian Open and PGA tournaments last year.

The Australian PGA championship begins on December 9 in the Coolum Resort in Queensland.


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