Valdosta Daily Times

April 24, 2013

Daly practices at Kinderlou

Ed Hooper
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — While the majority of the South Georgia Classic field warmed up and worked on the busy practice range and walked the grounds at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, John Daly stood atop the opposite end of the practice round hitting balls Tuesday morning, isolated from the rest of the field.

Daly, the two-time major champion, chipped away at balls, with his caddie and just a few people in his inner-circle watching. Wearing a lime green golf pullover and yellow pants, Daly prepared for Thursday’s first round of the South Georgia Classic, on his own terms.

Among his terms was his decision not to walk the Kinderlou Forest course and participate in the practice round Tuesday.

Following his time on the practice round, Daly walked through the clubhouse and then left, going about his morning and afternoon.

Daly, the 1991 PGA champion and 1995

British Open champion, will play his first round

at Kinderlou Forest in

this morning’s Pro-Am, set for an 8:15 a.m. tee-time.

The Pro-Am will give Daly, a golfer known for his driving distance, his first taste of the 7,800-yard course that will challenge competitors in this week’s Tour event.

Daly joined the South Georgia Classic field after not getting into the field of the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic in New Orleans. He arrived in Valdosta on Monday night and already has started to help build excitement for this week’s event.  

Daly’s presence has also started a buzz among the other players, who could be overheard talking about his arrival while practicing on the driving range early Tuesday morning.

Daly joins a South Georgia Classic field of more than 150 golfers, some of whom are the most up-and-coming professional golfers in the country and world. But, this weekend, all eyes will surely be on Daly, a golfer known for his entertaining personality and ability to "grip it and rip it."