Tiger and ‘JD’ bury Bethpage Park blues & now good friends

Bernie McGuire

John Daly and teammate Tiger Woods joke on the 1st tee during the Battle at the Bridges at The Bridges at Rancho Sante Fe on July 25, 2005 - Getty Images

Tiger Woods turned 46 on Thursday with one of his well-wishers being now renewed good friend John Daly.

Woods and Daly shared the final round of the recent PNC Championship where they both rode in motorised carts, as allowed under the rules of the 36-hole, two-day event in Orlando.

Daly and his son John Daly II held off a fast-finishing Woods and his 12-year-old son Charlie to win the event. The foursome clearly got on pretty well despite Woods clearly determined to win the event some 10-months after his near-fatal car smash in L.A.


Though Woods and Daly had not seen eye-to-eye for some time since the events of the 2019 PGA Championship when Daly applied successfully to the PGA of America to use a motorised cart in the PGA Championship at Bethpage Park on Long Island.

Daly cited osteoarthritis in his right knee that he says prevented him from walking more than six holes at a time.

Woods had been asked at the time what his thoughts were on ‘JD’ being allowed to ride in a motorised card and said: “As far as JD taking a cart, well, I walked with a broken leg, so.”

Woods’ remark was in reference to his 2008 U.S. Open victory when he brilliantly managed to finish tied with Rocco Mediate and then battled the pain barrier in an 18-hole playoff, winning a then 14th major on virtually one leg.

Daly was asked during a Full Send Podcast just prior to Christmas if he and Woods have made-up and also how was the chemistry on that final day of the PNC Championship.

Daly singled out the media in saying: “Tiger 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 (Tiger) apologised to me at the dinner we had at the PNC.

“I mean, he’s fine. I love Tiger.”

Daly also went on to explain during the podcast that he was one of the first people to reach out to Tiger following his car accident in February.

Daly said also Woods personally thanked him for the positive texts after the accident during a dinner at the PNC Championship.

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