With Health Woes No Longer Casting a Shadow Over Him, John Daly Teases the Resurgence of ‘Bad Boy’ Antics Ahead of $2M Event

Published 09/15/2023, 4:30 AM EDT

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Golf’s ‘bad boy,’ John Daly, is again creating a sensation. He has overcome challenges both on and off course throughout his life. He battled health-related challenges, soldering through them, being the positive spirit he is! Daly has a knack for embracing his time with golf, and the golf world is often in awe of it!

A PGA Tour Champions event commencing on Friday, 15th September, we will see the likes of John Daly and a Grammy-nominated artist in action. As the senior legends gather at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, so will some beats.

John Daly is excited yet nervous for Friday


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Over the next three days, 78 professional golfers will battle for the trophy at the $2 Million event. Steve Stricker will land in the field defending his title, while legends like John Daly, Jim Furyk, and many more will try to take the feat away from him. However, there’s something more exciting that is tickling Daly’s nerves.

The Sanford International‘s Instagram page posted a reel ahead of the event. You can see John Daly sitting in the golf cart, sipping his beer and telling why he feels excited yet nervous. He says, “I am excited, a little nervous, but Jake Owen’s concert. Can’t wait to see my buddy Jakey; he’s awesome.

The Grammy-nominated artist Jake Owen is all set to perform at the Sanford Pentagon. The caption states clearly what John Daly is looking forward to. “John Daly is ready for the Jake Owen concert on Friday, and so should you! You can see John perform with Jocko Deal as they open up for Jake Owen on Friday, Sept. 15! Grab your tickets now by going to the in bio today!”

Jake Owen is himself an accomplished golfer and an incredible artist. With his high-energy performance at the event with all his hits in one place, Owen will set the event’s tone right and commence it on a high note. First the music, and then the match – Sanford International is shaping up to be an eventful three days.


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What to expect at the 2023 Sanford International?

Daly was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2020, so he was away from golf for a while. Last year, he had a total knee replacement surgery, and later, in December of the same year, he repeated the procedure. You’d think this would keep the 19-time professional winner away from the field? But that is not the case.

He will showcase his prowess in Sioux Falls alongside many more legends. Alongside the defending champion, Steve Stricker, Steve Flesch, the two-time runner-up at Sanford International, will try to get past his second position and go one step further.


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Open Championship and Senior Open Championship winner Darren Clark will also step into the field. German Professional Bernhard Langer will try to notch his 47th victory. But all of it will happen after Jake Owens sets the tone right.

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