Just days after keeling over on the 18th hole during an outing at Deerfield Country Club in Mississippi due to what was diagnosed as a collapsed lung, John Daly was singing his heart out with Mark Bryan from Hootie and the Blowfish and Patrick Davis in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday night.
The song of choice? “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” naturally.
Daly, who was hospitalized on Saturday, returned to the course on Sunday, where he was back to playing golf and smoking cigarettes.
“I was having a great time and then suddenly — boom — I’m falling down while on the 18th tee and the next thing I know I’m in an ambulance,” Daly told the AP. “It was scary.”
According to Daly’s agent, the injury was related to a lingering rib injury that he endured in 2007. Clearly, it was not that big of a deal, though. By the end of the week, I expect to see him smoking two cigarettes simultaneously and surfing with dolphins after wrestling with a shark.
“They thought I had a heart attack,” Daly said during his Sirius/XM PGA Tour radio show ‘Hit it Hard.’ “But I only smoke two packs of cigarettes a day, not three, so I’ll be all right.”
Phew, I’m glad we have that settled.
“I probably overexerted myself trying to change things up so I could hit some drives and hit a few irons in there,” Daly told hosts Brian Katrek and John Maginnes. “I’ve had fractured ribs since I was seven and unfortunately I was probably leaning too much on my right side, my guys were in a little trouble on 18 so I tried to hit a drive for them, a little one-handed powder puff out there.
“Didn’t really feel anything and I’m walking off with my buddy Will and next thing I know – it’s like kinda one of those buddy-buddy things, you’ve got your arm around him – and next thing I know he just told me I just fell straight over. Next thing I knew a nurse was talking to me. They did mouth-to-mouth and everything. I was probably gone for at least, I don’t know how long. … They put me on a bunch of IVs and I ended up being in the hospital. I kind of looked at the doctor kind of deranged and I go, ‘What happened?’”
Daly plans to spend the new few weeks to make a full recovery, with the hope to return to competition for the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship in October.