John Daly Through the Years

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Long John's Highs and Lows in Photos

John Daly early in his pro golf career, with a mullet.
John Daly had a righteous mullet early in his career. Tony Roberts/Corbis Historical/Getty Images

The John Daly photos in this gallery go back to 1991 and the event that made Daly a household name (at least in households that included golfers). If you start with the first image and click through, you'll see various high points throughout Daly's career, plus some of the many low points that Daly has been through.

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Making the Scene - 1991 PGA Championship

John Daly plays a shot during the 1991 PGA Championship.
John Daly's power first turned heads on the PGA Tour during the 1991 PGA Championship. Stephen Munday/Getty Images

John Daly has always been known for one thing above all else on the PGA Tour: power.

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1991 PGA Championship Winner

John Daly - 1991 PGA Championship Trophy
Posing with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 1991 PGA Championship. Stephen Munday / Getty Images

At the start of PGA Championship week in 1991, Daly was the eighth alternate. By the end of the week, he was PGA champion.

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Smokin' at the 1992 British Open

John Daly smokes while he swings at the 1992 British Open
Smoke 'em if ya got 'em. Stephen Munday/

Daly's bad habits began showing up early in his career. The photographer noted Daly's so-called "relaxed approach" to the Open Championship in 1992.

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The Daly Backswing

John Daly tees off No. 18 at St. Andrews during the 1995 British Open
The famous looooong backswing of Daly's. Steve Munday/Getty Images

Jack Nicklaus, among many others, was wowed by the length of John Daly's backswing and his powerful coil early in his career.

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Winning His Second Major

John Daly - 1995 British Open Winner
Celebrating during the final round of the 1995 British Open. David Cannon / Getty Images

After a couple years of struggles following his 1991 PGA Championship victory, and some run-ins with the PGA Tour over bad behavior, Daly re-emerged at the 1995 British Open, winning the tournament in a playoff over Constantino Rocca.

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The Mullet Is Gone ... For Now

John Daly - 1995 PGA Championship Bald
Daly shaved off his famous mullet later in 1995, playing several tournaments - including the PGA Championship, here - with the bald look. David Cannon / Getty Images

It was a shock when, later in 1995, Daly - famous for his mullet - went in the complete opposite direction for a new hairstyle.

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Separated at Birth?

John Daly - Laura Davies 1998 JCPenney Classic
Daly with partner Laura Davies at the 1998 JCPenney Classic. The JCPenney was a co-ed team tournament played during the "silly season." Daly and Davies teamed several times in the mid- to late-1990s. Vincent Laforet / Getty Images

John Daly and the LPGA's Laura Davies - both large-and-in-charge big bombers - partnered one another a few times in the old JC Penney Classic tournament, that paired PGA Tour and LPGA Tour golfers. They even won it the last time it was played, in 1999.

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Fan Favorite

John Daly - 1999 Las Vegas Invitational Fans
Signing autographs at the 1999 Las Vegas Invitational. Donald Miralle / Getty Images

No matter what the state of his game is - or the state of his off-course life - John Daly has always remained a fan favorite.

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DQ Down Under

John Daly - 2002 Australian PGA Championship
Daly tosses a club in frustration at the 2002 Australian PGA Championship. Chris McGrath / Getty Images

Daly made the trip Down Under for the 2002 Australian PGA Championship, but things didn't go very well. In the shot above, he was angered after his drive hit an official's cart and kicked into a water hazard. Later, after a generally miserable day, Daly tossed his putter and ball into a greenside lake at No. 18, then left without signing his scorecard to draw a disqualification.

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Livin' Large in the Motorhome

John Daly - Motorhome
Daly pickin' a guitar inside his motorhome prior to the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in New York. Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Daly travels from tournament to tournament in a luxury motorhome. This is a view of the interior of the motorhome in 2002.

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Winning the 2004 Buick Invitational

John Daly with the trophy for winning the 2004 Buick Invitational tournament
Daly shows off his last PGA Tour trophy at the 2004 Buick Invitational. A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images

His most recent victory on the PGA Tour was at the 2004 Buick Invitational, where Daly won a 3-way playoff for the title.

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Musician Friends

John Daly - Hootie and the Blowfish
Daly clowns with members of Hootie and Blowfish, Jim 'Soni' Sonefeld (whom Daly is wrapped around) and Dean Felber. Paul Hawthorne / Getty Images

Daly goes way back with the members of the band Hootie and the Blowfish, and counts many musicians among his friends. Kid Rock is another good friend. And Daly has even released an album of music, My Life, that included guest appearances by members of Hootie, plus Willie Nelson, among others.

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2005 Battle at the Bridges

John Daly - Tiger Woods 2005 Battle at the Bridges
With Tiger Woods during Tiger's primetime golf outing "Battle at the Bridges" in 2005. Donald Miralle / Getty Images

Despite his frequent travails, Daly remains a popular player among his peers. Tiger Woods is a friend, and Daly played in a couple "Battle at the Bridges."

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Still Smokin'

John Daly - 2006 PGA Championship
Daly grabs a smoke during a round at the 2006 PGA Championship. Stuart Franklin / Getty Images
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Falconry in the Desert

John Daly - 2006 Abu Dhabi
Daly gets a lesson in falconry prior to the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in 2006. David Cannon / Getty Images

While Daly struggled on the U.S. PGA Tour much of the time from 2006 forward, he remained a big draw and could command large appearance fees to play overseas.

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Scratch Golfer - 2007 St. Jude Championship

With scratches visible on his face after an altercation with his wife, Daly plays the 2007 St. Jude Championship.
With scratches visible on his face after an altercation with his wife, Daly plays the 2007 St. Jude Championship. Hunter Martin/Getty Images

In 2007, Daly showed up at the St. Jude Championship in Memphis with deep scratches on his face. Daly claimed his wife attacked him with a steak knife, while Daly's wife counterclaimed that she was defending herself against an alleged sexual assault by Daly. After a couple weeks of soap opera, Daly and his wife reconciled.

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Feeling the Pain at 2008 Hope

John Daly - 2008 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
Chronic pain specialist Jim Weathers massages John Daly next to the 17th green during the third round of the 2008 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Robert Laberge / Getty Images

Daly received on-course treatment during the third round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, and wasn't around to play the weekend. After his departure, reports surfaced that Daly had spent his evenings during the tournament drinking and carousing.

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Pods People - Caddie Jon Gruden

John Daly - Jon Gruden 2006 Arnold Palmer Invitational
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden caddies for Daly during the first round of the 2008 Pods Championship. Sam Greenwood / Getty Images

Daly's behavior at the 2008 Pods Championship - where he whiled away his time during weather delays in the Hooters corporate tent, used Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden as caddie for part of his first round, and posted scores of 77 and 80 - was cited by instructor Butch Harmon when Harmon dumped Daly as a client.

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Washington Road

John Daly Washington Road Augusta
Win McNamee / Getty Images

During several years at The Masters, when John Daly hasn't made the field for the tournament, Daly has driven his RV to Augusta, Ga., and set up shop along Washington Road. Selling on tables set up next to the RV, Daly hawks his book, clothing, caps, photos and other wares.

Above, Daly signs his autograph on merchandise while his girlfriend Anna Cladakis accepts money from a customer during the 2010 Masters.

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New Wardrobe, New Wife

Daly in Loudmouth trousers and with his then-girlfriend Anna Cladakis at the 2010 Open Championship.
Daly in Loudmouth trousers and with his then-girlfriend Anna Cladakis. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

In 2009, Daly began a partnership with the makers of very loud golf apparel, Loudmouth Golf. Roughly around the same time he began dating Anna Cladakis. The two later got engaged, but are not (as of the time of this writing) married.

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Turning 50

John Daly waits on the practice ground during the final round of the Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands Country Club on May 8, 2016
John Daly, still smoking on the Champions Tour. Scott Halleran/Getty Images

In 2016 Daly turned 50 and joined the Champions Tour - still loud, still smoking, still drawing crowds.