According to John Daly’s manager, the two-time major champion is recovering from a collapsed lung he suffered while playing a local tournament in Canton, Miss., on Saturday.
Daly collapsed on the 18th tee at Deerfield Golf Club and was taken by ambulance to Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss.
“Daly has fought a lingering rib injury since 2007 which recently has been causing severe pain and has affected his breathing,” his manager Bud Martin with Wasserman Media Group said in a statement. “He has been discharged from the hospital.”
Will Dottley, the professional who was paired with Daly on Saturday, said the two were walking off the 18th tee when he collapsed.
“I had my arm around him when he went down. He had no pulse and wasn’t breathing for close to three minutes,” said Dottley, who added that there was a nurse in the gallery who administered CPR. “It was kind of a miracle.”
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Dottley said Daly was struggling with a hand issue during the round and despite temperatures in the high 90s, he hadn’t shown any signs of distress until the 18th tee.
Daly returned to Deerfield Golf Club on Saturday night after being released from the hospital and teed off for the second round on Sunday afternoon.
“He had no pain in his ribs, everything was good,” said Billy Allen, a friend who was with Daly on Saturday night at the hospital.