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RARE: A Teenage Tiger Woods and Young John Daly on the Golf Course

Published 11/16/2021, 2:30 PM EST

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In their own special way, Tiger Woods and John Daly are both PGA Tour icons. Though their style and career paths are completely different, the two golfers have certainly managed to make their mark. Having said that, both of them have been playing for over two decades, Daly having moved on to the PGA Tour Champions in 2016.

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Unfortunately, Woods remained sidelined and away from the spotlight following his February car crash. Daly is fairly active on the Champions Tour, and will apparently take the second half of November off.

While both golfers remain away from the course for some time, let’s take a look at a throwback picture featuring both these stars.


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Throwback photo featuring a young Tiger Woods and John Daly

The photo itself is blurred, but we can see Woods and Daly both smiling slightly as the picture was clicked. Woods is wearing blue, while Daly is in plain, light-colored clothes.

If you look at Daly now, you might at least find him wearing some really bright and tropical pants, usually paired with a matching t-shirt. The photo, as per a fan in the replies, was taken while they were gathered at the Texarkana Country Club.


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Fans seemed amused by the photo, some commenting on how a conversation between the two must have taken place. Certain fans even joked about Daly introducing Woods to smoking. “They look like everyone I’ve ever golfed with, standing there, patiently waiting for me to find my ball,” wrote one fan. Many were not even aware the two knew each other back then.

While others wondered if Daly asked Woods to watch him before he teed off.

One even joked about letting his kids know that the two players were retired NBA legends, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.


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Where did the two actually meet?

As per reports, the two golfers properly met for the first time in 1989, when Woods was 13. It was at the National Insurance Youth Golf Classic at Texarkana Country Club – the venue of the throwback photo shared above. The photo, however, was apparently taken in 1987.

Daly met a young Woods and just knew the teenager would become a big star.


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Daly, now 55, even shared a story about Woods freaking out after a shot. “The ball came unwound. I think that kind of freaked [Tiger] out,” he wrote. “He thought it was the coolest thing he’d ever seen in golf, that’s what he told his mom and dad”. 

In the end, Daly replaced the ball and was able to beat a 13-year-old Woods by two shots.

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Daly and Woods have come a long way since that one event. Woods currently has 82 PGA Tour wins, including 15 major wins. At this point, countless players and fans look up to him as probably the greatest golfer the game has ever seen.

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On the other hand, while Daly only has five PGA Tour wins, he has managed to bag two major victories for him – The PGA Championship (1991) and The Open Championship (1995). The 1991 win was a big breakthrough for Daly, who has played PGA Tour events since 1986.

Having said that, the photo shared remains iconic, capturing the moment the two icons met for the first time. What do you think of this amazing throwback picture?




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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.