For John Daly, success doesn’t necessarily come in winning. At least it didn’t at the RBC Canadian Open, where he got his first top-10 finish since 2005 with a tie for ninth after a 72 on Sunday.
”It's been a struggle,” Daly said of his last few years. “You cannot play good golf out here when you're hurt.”
Daly said his groin bothered him this week but that overall everything felt pretty good. That’s especially true of the positives Daly will take from the week.
“Oh, a ton, a ton,” he said. “There's no doubt about it. I love the way I chipped the last two days. Under the heat today, I know I was kind of out of it there with four or five holes to go. But I made one heck of a par on 15, 17 and 18.
“I got them down a lot today. Probably in the past I would have shot an 80 or 82 today.”
Instead, Daly played well enough to finish at even par for the week -- something he’s done only three other times in 13 previous starts this season.