By Elliott Heath published
John Daly and his son John II won the PNC Championship at the weekend, where they defeated Team Woods by two strokes after rounds of 60 and 57 in Orlando. The 55-year-old two-time Major champion looks to have brought up a future star in John Daly II, who keeps getting better year after year in the tournament that is now box office thanks to Tiger and Charlie Woods now adding it to their schedules.
Team Woods made 12 consecutive birdies in the final round to take the Dalys close with Tiger playing competitively for the first time in 13 months and for the first time since his horrific car accident in February. Woods reminded us all of how great a golfer he is over the two days and the speed of his recovery has been nothing short of phenomenal.
Daly was clearly impressed too, as he went on to tell the Fox & Friends TV show that he thinks Tiger will "probably" beat Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 Major championships.
“It's Tiger. You know, it's like the Ben Hogan accident, I think Ben Hogan came back and won a few Majors after that. Luckily, I don't think Tiger's was as severe as Ben Hogan's. Probably didn't have the technology to fix Ben Hogan's body like they did Tiger's," Daly said.
“But I think Tiger's gonna be fine. He looked good. He looked a little tired, but he still looked great. He'll be back, and I could see it in his eyes; he's probably gonna beat Jack Nicklaus' records and be the greatest of all time."
Woods is currently on 15 Majors so would need another four to surpass Nicklaus' total of 18. He is set to return to the PGA Tour in 2022 with a limited schedule, although we have no confirmation of when that will be. Lee Trevino recently said he knows when Woods will play next and our guesses our either Augusta or St Andrews for the 150th Open.
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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