According to Bud Martin, Dalys manager with SFX World, Daly has spent the time since his last start in December working on his game and his body to prepare for a comeback that will likely start in late April on the PGA European Tour.
Although Martin said he is still negotiating with European officials, the plan is for Daly to play three or four events in Europe. After that, however, it is unclear when he will be able to return to the PGA Tour.
Martin said Daly has spent his time since his last Tour start (Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October) working on his game in Tampa, Fla., with swing coach Rick Smith and getting in shape.
Hes looking forward to reclaiming his place in the game, Martin said.
Martin said Daly has lost about 40 pounds and is almost fully recovered from the rib injury that slowed him in 2008 and should be, 100 percent recovered by April.
To play for a long period of time everybody has to take care of their bodies and Im really proud of him keeping his body in shape, said Smith, who began working with Daly the week before last years PGA Championship.
We looked at tapes from the British Open (1995) that he won and decided to get his body back to that is a good goal. He played tremendously to win that British.
Smith did not characterize the work he is doing with Daly as a swing overhaul, and he raved about the 42-year-olds flexibility.
His golf swing is still long. Im not trying to shorten his swing, but the techniques weve had success with is some pretty simple stuff, said Smith, who worked with Daly last month and plans to meet with him again in April.
Smith said hes trying to keep Dalys club on plane more consistently throughout the swing. He also said the two have been working to improve Dalys putting, which had slid to a career-worst 1.84 average in 2008.
Smith and Martin were encouraged by Dalys work on and off the golf course, the latter being a constant in a career that has been defined by historic highs, like his 1991 PGA Championship and 95 British titles, and headline grabbing lows, such as his two trips to alcohol rehab, four marriages and gambling losses.
According to Daly, it was four separate incidents that led to his suspension, which he estimated ended in May in the Associated Press story.
Ive said this before, Im not his daddy, but I do care about him and hes a good person, Smith said. Hes dealt with a lot of adversity and you have to deal with that. You have to ask yourself, how do I overcome adversity and you have to attack it.