Details of the past few days read like just another chapter in John Daly’s autobiography.
Before diving into Monday’s theatrics, let’s recap his week in Hawaii:
Last week, Daly entered the Sony Open on a non-exempt medical extension, following surgery last July to repair damage to his right elbow. He needed to finish no worse than solo second to retain that status, which seemed like a tall order, until he fired a first-round 66 to appear on the first page of the leaderboard.
In typical Daly fashion, though, he followed up that good round with a Friday 73, when he tweaked his elbow and carded an eagle, three birdies, three bogeys, a double and a triple – a scorecard rainbow that rivaled any over Honolulu last week. The very next day, Daly came back with a 64, then struggled Sunday before rebounding with three birdies in his last five holes to salvage a T-32 finish, all while wearing comically colorful pants.
Which brings us to Monday, when Daly teed it up in the pro-am for the Humana Challenge.
With his first swing with his new Callaway 9-iron – according to a PGA Tour official, a Callaway rep had just walked out to meet his group – Daly made a hole-in-one on the 154-yard seventh hole at PGA West’s Nicklaus Course.
“I didn’t even look at the shot,” Daly said, according to the Tour. “I leaned over to get my tee and was telling the Callaway representative that it felt pretty good. He said, ‘Good, because it just went in the hole.’”
Any ace is sweet, of course, and surely it helped his team score, but the best, most Daly-esque part was that he walked away the proud owner of a new car: the brand-new, 2014 Hyundai Equus, a luxury sedan that goes for more than $60,000.
If you’re asking what Daly will do next, and whether it will involve his new prize, it seems there is no answer too implausible.