John Daly: ‘I Love Tiger Woods. But No, He Doesn’t Intimidate Me. I Love the Kid’

Published 12/25/2021, 9:00 AM EST


There is no doubt that John Daly loves Tiger Woods. Well, he reiterated the fact at least thrice in a recent interview of his. He appeared in an episode of the FULL SEND podcast, hosted by Bob Menery, Kyle Forgeard, and Salim Sirur.

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Daly spoke about playing with Phil Mickelson, his cancer, and his experiences at the PNC Championship.

Dec 19, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; John Daly walking on the 18th green during the final round of the PNC Championship golf tournament at Grande Lakes Orlando Course. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy: Reuters

This appearance came a week after his record-breaking victory at the ‘father/son’ event, where they teed up against some of the best PGA and Champions Tour golfers. They won the belt after playing an excellent two days golf and finished 27-under on the leaderboard.

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John Daly reveals he texted Woods after his crash

Talking about Tiger, Menery asked Daly whether it is intimidating to play around the 15-time-major champion. Sirur was quick to inject, saying, “It couldn’t have been intimidating for John Daly. I don’t think so.”

Daly, confirming Salim’s claim, says, “I love Tiger Woods. But, no. He doesn’t intimidate me. I love the kid. I loved him.” Menery, confused about the relationship the two share, asks Daly about the incident from two years ago when Tiger called out Daly for using a cart on Tour. In a statement, Tiger had criticized Daly and the tour’s choice by saying, “I walked with a broken leg, so…”

Daly said, “Yeah, but he didn’t know the facts because the media, ‘the media’, didn’t tell him I had diabetes and I had a bad two knees and my hips out and all this stuff. He apologized to me at dinner the other night. I mean, he’s fine! I love Tiger.”

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Golf – PNC Championship – The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Florida, U.S. – December 19, 2021 Tiger Woods of the U.S. on the practice range REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Coming on to the exchange they shared at the PNC Championships, he revealed that he was one of the few golfers who texted Woods after his terrible car wreck in February.

He said, “I was the first man to say, ‘Hey man, get better and do good.’ And at the dinner, when I was Santa Claus, he says, ‘Man, thank you so much for the texts. It means a lot to me.’ And that meant a lot to me.”

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Well, beefs will come and go, but it’s this bond that will last forever, right?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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