John Daly is focusing on his swing this year, since he's not worried about his putting.
It's easy to notice John Daly when he's wearing those retina-searing Loudmouth Golf pants.
And, fortunately, it's getting easier to notice Daly up on leaderboards around the globe again. After struggling for several years, the blond bomber underwent surgery on his left elbow last July, and his results since are increasingly encouraging.
In fact, his tie for 32nd at the Sony Open in Hawaii last month was his best showing on the PGA Tour in more than a year. And when we caught up to him on the range at Pebble Beach, he was optimistic – yet realistic – about the state of his game.
''It's been an OK year,'' he explained. ''I just haven't been able to put four rounds together.''
His opinion is backed up by the facts. Daly opened strong at both the BMW Masters (68) in Shanghai last fall and the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (67) two weeks ago. He made both those cuts, then was doomed by third-round stumbles – a 78 at the BMW and a 77 in Qatar – that turned what could have been top-20, or even top-10, finishes into middle-of-the-pack results.
Unlike recent seasons, though, Daly is healthy enough to try to play his way back into consistency – and ''keep working and keep playing'' is definitely his plan.
''Mentally, I'm great,'' he said. ''Physically, my left side I’m about 15, and my right side I’m about 97. Other than that, I feel good.''