24 Years After His Historic Accolade, John Daly and LPGA Tour Legend Still Wait For Their Worthy Successor

Published 11/09/2023, 10:12 AM EST

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The Grant Thornton Invitational Golf Tournament’s initiation is just around the corner. The highly anticipated event is set to begin in December. While the golf world awaits this interesting format’s beginning, a walk down memory lane is a given. In an attempt to revisit the memories from over 24 years ago, a recent Twitter post sprinkled nostalgia all over the internet.

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The post featured the last winners of the event, where LPGA Tour players and PGA Tour players competed together on an equal footing. After decades of the format being discontinued, the Grant Thornton Invitational Golf Tournament is bringing it back to life. With this, golfing legend John Daly, along with another LPGA icon, waits eagerly for their successor.

A nostalgic ride down the memory lane with John Daly & Laura Davies

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The golf world has surely set its stopwatch for December 8th. As every moment passes, we get closer to the onset of the Grant Thornton Invitational golf tournament. In times of this excitement, turning the pages of golfing history only brings more enthusiasm to the hearts of the fans.

Exactly twenty-four years ago, John Daly and Laura Davies teamed up to bring the title of the mixed series home. The duo beat Paul Azinger and Se Ri Pak, ending the long-running event. The duo’s performance got cognizance from the entirety of the golf world.

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Speaking of their win at the time, John Daly said, “The way Paul and Se Ri were playing, I thought they were going to run away with it.” However, Daly’s calculations were proved to be wrong by his partner, Laura Davies’ master shot. The duo shared a whopping amount of $440,000, at the time.

Even after 24 years, this duo’s success is still imprinted on the hearts of their fans. Only time will tell who will succeed in this magic milestone reserved in the name of John Daly and Laura Davies. Till then, let’s explore what’s in store for the upcoming event.

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Uncovering some specifics about the upcoming event

The upcoming event is set to put an end to the previously-cast “drought” in the mixed format. It is set to begin on the 8th of December and go on until the 10th of December. The venue for this event is the famous Tiburón Golf Club and the Ritz-Carlton Naples in Florida. The event’s interesting format will see a much-awaited collaboration between the LPGA Tour and the PGA Tour.

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The forthcoming collision of men’s and women’s golf is truly an exciting one. The event will consist of 32 players in total. For now, it remains a mystery about who will carry forward the legacy of Daly and Davies from decades ago. What do you think is bound to happen? Share your views in the comments section below.

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Daiemah Malik

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Daiemah is a dedicated golf writer at EssentiallySports with a profound passion for the game. Her admiration for golf extends beyond her professional life, and she often finds solace in the calmness of the greens of courses. Nelly Korda's skill and career so far have left an indelible mark on Diemah and her golfing journey, and that reflects in her extensive coverage and deep insights into Korda too.
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