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John Daly admitted to some nerves as he took the Cavern Club stage. (Photo: AP)
John Daly admitted to some nerves as he took the Cavern Club stage. (Photo: AP)

Following the Beatles, Wild Thing rocks the Cavern Club

In between practice sessions at Royal Liverpool, John Daly strapped on his guitar and played a set at the famed nightclub frequented by the Fab Four. Daly earned a rousing reception, and is hoping for another hit performance at Hoylake.

HOYLAKE, England (PA) -- The Beatles earned some of their first bits of fame at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, and this week the hallowed music venue also hosted another notorious performer, John Daly.

"That was cool," said the two-time major winner, who took a break from his preparation for the Open Championship to entertain 300 fans.

"I was a little bit nervous considering all the great bands that have played here," said Daly, a self-confessed music buff. "But I know I am not that good, so it took the edge off. I will be more nervous at Hoylake when the tournament starts."

Strumming the guitar, Daly got a rousing reception for his version of 'Knocking on Heaven's Door' and 'Lost Soul,' a song he wrote himself.

Daly is hoping to get back on track again this week after winning the Open 11 years ago at St. Andrews, which followed his breakthrough triumph in the 1991 PGA Championship.

"My game is pretty good. I have been hitting it decent all year," he said. "However, I cannot seem to get the putter going. Getting 69 or 72 these days is just not good enough.

"If I start making some putts, then I could have a chance this week," he added. "I have not been making enough of them to draw some confidence from it. That is the problem."

Daly will partner with Colin Montgomerie and Stuart Appleby on Thursday and Friday. Told that Montgomerie was an Abba fan, Daly quipped: "I liked them when I was growing up."

Speaking more seriously, Daly said he believed Montgomerie will win a major someday. Daly said he felt a sense of sadness for the Scot after his last-hole disaster at Winged Foot, but he has told him to stay positive going into the Open.

"Colin has the game to win a major. It is going to happen. It is his destiny," Daly said. "We all know he is a great champion and he has played some great majors. He has come close a few times. Maybe he has just put too much pressure on himself. You cannot make yourself win a major, you have to let it happen."

Daly and Montgomerie have much in common; they both know the pain of divorce. The American has been married four times while Montgomerie split from wife Eimear, and the current Mrs. Daly, Sherrie Miller, was sentenced to five months in prison for being involved in a drug ring and illegal gambling, activities to which Daly himself had no connection.

"I sympathize with Colin going through a divorce. It is a tough thing to deal with," he said. "With divorce, you have to understand that you loved that person at one time.

"I have tried to be nice, especially when you have children. It is hard for them. But we have come together to make sure the kids are okay," he added. "Colin has come back and is playing better golf now. That is good to see."

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