John Daly Reveals the Best 1-Iron Shot of His Career

Published 12/26/2021, 8:20 AM MST
Golf – PNC Championship – The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Florida, U.S. – December 19, 2021 John Daly of the U.S. celebrates winning the PNC Championship REUTERS/Joe Skipper


John Daly is making the headlines after winning the 2021 PNC Championship with his son John Daly II. Meanwhile, team Daly obliterated the field on the final day as they carded -15 for the day and finished -27 for the event. Team Daly became the champions of the family event for the first time. 

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Moreover, John is probably the most entertaining and funniest golfer on the tour. He has done some fascinating interviews, and he doesn’t shy away from speaking his heart out. Daly is pretty much an open book and doesn’t hold back while talking to anyone. Furthermore, John was also the longest hitter of the golf balls during his heydays. And recently, he revealed the best 1-iron shot of his career. 

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John Daly reveals the best 1-iron shot of his career

Golf – PNC Championship – The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Florida, U.S. – December 19, 2021 John Daly of the U.S. with his son John Daly Jr. on the 18th green during the second round REUTERS/Joe Skipper

John Daly recently appeared on the Full Send Podcast, there, they asked him about the best 3 or 4 iron shot of his career. Daly replied that he used to carry 1-iron. This shocked everyone as 1-iron is considered to be the toughest club to hit in golf. Furthermore, he revealed the best 1-iron shot he has hit in his career. 

“So I would have to say the best 1-iron I ever hit was Baltusrol at the 17th hole where nobody got there that week. Nobody had ever hit the 17th green at Baltusrol in two. And I hit a 1-iron on it, and the only thing I ever thought about was, please don’t three-putt this, it will ruin the whole moment. So I two-putted it made a birdie.” 

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This incident which Daly described, took place at the 1993 U.S. Open Championship. The 17th hole was the longest on the course, stretching up to 630 yards. However, John Daly teed off with 1-iron and covered over 320 yards. Furthermore, he flushed his 1-iron again and reached the green in just two strokes, which was a huge thing back in the days. 

Hence, this was the best 1-iron shot in his entire career, and he still remembers it vividly.

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The hole now has been shortened by around 50 yards, which has made it easier for everyone.

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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