The Daly Planet Reality Show to Premiere in January

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 19, 2005, 5:00 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Probably one of professional sports most unlikely heroes, John Daly has made his living under the microscope of media scrutiny, battling more than his share of demons throughout his PGA TOUR career.
Beginning Jan. 18, the man dubbed by many as a walking country music song will give The Golf Channel viewers a rare glimpse inside his pedal-to-the-floor life ' live and unscripted ' in The Daly Planet, the cable network's newest reality show.
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The cameras will follow every move of fan-favorite John Daly on his upcoming reality show, 'The Daly Planet,' premiering this January.
The highly anticipated reality series that follows the PGA TOUR star across the globe will debut as part of Top Shelf Wednesdays, The Golf Channels themed night of top-caliber programming. New episodes will air Wednesday nights (excluding the week of The Masters) through April 19.
The 39-year-old Arkansas boy has made headlines throughout his PGA TOUR career, for his feats on ' and his notorious behavior off ' the golf course. His on-course accomplishments, including winning two major championships (becoming the fourth American since World War II to win two major championships before his 30th birthday), being named 1991 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year and consistently being ranked among the PGA TOUR leaders in driving distance and winning 11 driving distance crowns, are more impressive considering the turmoil in his personal life, which has included bouts with alcohol abuse, three failed marriages and gambling.
His off-course missteps, combined with his everyman charm and generous charity work, have established Daly as a perennial fan favorite on the PGA TOUR, as evidenced by the huge galleries that follow him at tournaments. Daly works closely with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Make-A-Wish foundation, and even established a college fund for the children of a fan killed by a lighting strike during the first round of Dalys 1991 PGA Championship victory at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indiana.
The 13-part The Daly Planet follows the PGA TOUR star and aspiring musician through his whirlwind life, giving viewers a look at John Daly unplugged. The series is an eclectic mix of the long-hitting PGA TOUR stars various adventures, including a variety of promotional stops, golf tournament events and competitions, charity work and more. Daly also will welcome some of his well-known friends to join him on The Daly Planet, such as National Football League quarterback Brett Favre, PGA Tour star Vijay Singh, and Hootie & the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker, among others.
Highlights from the series include two episodes from his trip across the Atlantic, as Daly and company head to Europe for a whirlwind tour that includes a practice round with Vijay Singh at St. Andrews, as well as playing in a German pro-am with heavyweight boxing contender Vladimir Klitschko. Daly even has time to squeeze in a visit to a local pub before heading to check on one of his co-designed golf courses in Cork, Germany.
When Daly returns stateside, hell finally meet face-to-face with the family of a fan who died in a tragic lightning strike during Dalys 1991 PGA Championship victory, which prompted Daly to establish a $30,000 college fund for the mans children.
A trip to Memphis, Tenn., shows Daly during a nine-hole practice round at TPC Southwind, discussing strategy with his caddy. Off the course, its party time, as Daly tosses a pair of celebrations: first, a bash for the tournament volunteers, followed by a birthday party for his sons; and finally a visit to JDs Bar, as the part-owner takes a pre-Grand Opening walk-through.
Daly spends a busy day in Niagara Falls, as he tours his latest co-designed golf course, rides in a parade, survives a harrowing helicopter ride, and tries to tame the mighty falls by attempting to drive a ball across the more than 340-yard span.
The series debut of The Daly Planet airs Wednesday, Jan. 18, during Top Shelf Wednesdays, and continues Wednesdays through April 19.
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Kisner (67) enjoying 'frat' life, soccer matches with Jordan and Co.

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:49 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The frat house tradition continued this year at The Open, with a group of seven high-profile Americans rooming together for the week, including early first-round leader Kevin Kisner.

Kisner explained after his opening 5-under 66 that the group – which includes Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler – has spent the week talking about how demanding Carnoustie is playing and enjoying the summer weather.

“We're out there playing soccer at night and hanging out,” he said.

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To be clear, this isn’t a proper soccer match, but instead a penalty-kick situation with all but one player taking turns trying to score.

“I just try to smash [Dufner] in the face,” Kisner laughed. “He's the all-time goalie.”

Although Kisner said he’s always impressed with the athletic prowess of other players, Spieth has proven himself particularly adept on the impromptu pitch.

“Jordan scored when Duf tripped, it was hilarious,” Kisner smiled. “[Spieth] is good until he sends it over the goal four houses over, and we've got to go knock on a neighbor’s door for the soccer ball.”

The group is actually staying in two local houses that are next to each other, one with a large enough back yard and a soccer net, but perhaps not enough soccer balls.

“We’re going to have to Amazon Prime a couple new balls to replace the ones we lost,” Kisner said.

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Van Rooyen continues links run with impressive 67

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:27 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – For Erik van Rooyen familiarity has not bred contempt.

The South African, like many European Tour players, has been on a links golf odyssey the last three weeks, playing the Irish Open, Scottish Open and this week’s Open Championship in consecutive weeks, and the crash course paid off on Day 1 at Carnoustie when he opened with a 4-under 67 to assure himself a spot among the early leaders.

Although van Rooyen missed the cut last week just down the coast at Gullane Golf Club, he entered the final round in Ireland with a four-stroke lead.

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“I didn't pull it off the final day,” said van Rooyen, who closed with a 74 to tie for fourth place. “I still think I played pretty well. I was nervous. That's completely normal, and I'll learn how to deal with that. I'll take that experience into tournaments like this.”

Van Rooyen, who was alone in second place when he completed his round, began his round with back-to-back birdies and was bogey-free until the last hole. It was just what one would expect from a player who has immersed himself in links golf for the better part of a month.

“We've been playing nice golf now the last three weeks, so definitely used to the way this course is playing, definitely used to handling the wind,” he said. “So I'll be ready.”

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Vegas helicopters in to Carnoustie, without clubs

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 9:33 am

Jhonattan Vegas did some range work, putted a little and strolled to the first tee for his 5:31 a.m. ET start in the 147th Open Championship.

Everything before that, however, was far from routine.

Vegas' visa to travel to Scotland expired and the process to renew it got delayed - and it looked like his overseas' flight might suffer the same fate. Vegas, upon getting his visa updated, traveled from Houston, Texas to Toronto, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland, and then took a helicopter to Carnoustie.

He arrived in time on Thursday morning, but his clubs did not. Mizuno put together some irons for him and TaylorMade got him his preferred metal woods. He hit the clubs for the first time on the range, less than 90 minutes before his start.

"I'm going to go out there and play with freedom," Vegas told Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.