John Daly, no stranger to adversity, proved miraculously resilient by teeing it up on Sunday at Deerfield Country Club only 24 hours after passing out on the same course with a collapsed lung.
Daly reportedly smoked cigarettes outside the clubhouse before playing a round of golf on Sunday just a day after his scary collapse.
Bizarre incidents pepper Daly’s storied career including one episode where he woke up to his wife beating him up and attacking him with a butcher’s knife.
The winner of two major championships—the PGA in ’91 and the British Open in ’95—ended up in a drunk tank one night in Winston-Salem, N.C after refusing to go to a hospital when paramedics found him passed out on the floor at a Hooters. Daly chose the jail instead of the hospital.
On Saturday, Daly had no choice and was driven in an ambulance to Baptist Medical Center after he collapsed on the 18th tee while he prepared to grip it and rip it. ESPN reported that doctors ran tests and X-rays but found no other serious problems besides the lung.
Will Dottley, who was playing with Daly on Saturday, said that at one point a nurse administered CPR on Daly because he had stopped breathing.
An Associated Press story reported that Deerfield club pro Leigh Brannan said Daly was laboring with the heat and had difficulty breathing before being taken to the hospital. The thermometer approached 90 degrees in the Jackson area.
“He was struggling pretty badly right before he collapsed,” the golf pro said. “But we’re all hoping it’s nothing serious and that he was just a little dehydrated.”
Daly’s manager Bud Martin informed “Daly has fought a lingering rib injury since 2007 which recently has been causing severe pain and has affected his breathing.”