John Daly wins on Champions Tour, first since '04 Buick Invitational
WOODLANDS, TX -- (AP) John Daly is happy to be back on top, no matter how bad he may have looked finishing it off.
Daly closed with three straight bogeys Sunday to hang on for his first PGA Tour Champions title, a one-stroke victory in the Insperity Invitational.
"It wasn't pretty at the end," Daly said. "But I got it done and that's all that matters."
The 51-year-old Daly had not won on tour since the PGA Tour's 2004 Buick Invitational. He hasn't exactly torn up the 50-and-over circuit since debuting at The Woodlands a year ago.
Wearing American flag pants, Daly shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 14-under 202 and earned $322,500. He opened with rounds of 68 and 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Kenny Perry into the final round.
Perry shot a 69, and Tommy Armour III had a 67.
Daly eagled the par-5 first and appeared to be cruising to victory, up to 17 under through the 15th hole to lead by two shots. Poor tee shots on the final three holes led to mistakes that Perry and Armour could not take advantage of as they tried to chase down Daly.
As Daly walked up the 18th green, he knelt and kissed the large, colorful umbrella printed on the fairway to honor the late Arnold Palmer.
When Daly tapped in the winning putt, he pumped his fist. Moments later, friends and colleagues -- including players Esteban Toledo and Michael Allen -- ran out to spray their pal with champagne. Daly closed his eyes, leaned back and soaked it all in.
"A win is a win, man," he said. "And I didn't think it would come this soon."
He later took to Twitter to acknowledge his fans and called the victory "sweet."