As his 50th birthday draws near, John Daly is looking forward to a fresh start.
Daly turns 50 on April 28, and he confirmed Tuesday that he will make his PGA Tour Champions debut at the Insperity Invitational, held May 6-8 near Houston. The two-time major winner remains eager to tee it up on a regular basis once again with some of his former foes, this time on the over-50 circuit.
"I mean look, personally for me, it's been seven years since I've had a good schedule," Daly said on a media conference call. "My golf game hasn't been that great, but I have been working really hard lately and I'm excited to really just get a schedule."
Daly's last PGA Tour win came at the 2004 Farmers Insurance Open, and he has subsisted largely on sponsor invites over the last several years. While he still plans to play The Open Championship and PGA Championship on a regular basis, he hopes the 54-hole, no-cut format of most Champions events allows him to remain aggressive tee-to-green after making only two of 10 cuts last season on the PGA Tour.
"I would rather finish fifth or sixth and avoid being conservative for second place," Daly said. "I was always a guy that I would try and win, and I would give up two or three extra spots to try to do that."
Daly asserted that his prolific driving distance is only six to eight yards off his peak form in the early 90s, while he's "losing a yard or two every year it seems like" with his longer irons. A reset button awaits this summer, though, and the former Arkansas standout is excited to begin his over-50 career in the neighboring Lone Star State.
"They probably have one of the best fan bases in the state of Texas," he said. "They are just great, great fans. They love their sports, they love their golf. And you know, hopefully I can sell some tickets, the players and I, we can sell a bunch of tickets and everybody has a good time."
Golf Channel will air all three rounds of the Insperity Invitational.