John Daly isn’t at the Masters this week selling his merchandise in the Hooters parking lot like he has done for so many years. It turns out he had something much more important going on. His son John Daly II had some paperwork to take care of Wednesday, signing a letter of intent with the University of Arkansas golf program where Big John played his college ball.
“Proud of my son @johndalyll and so happy he became a @razorbackmgolf today! Today is their day!,” John Sr. wrote on Instagram celebrating the big moment.
Little John spent the summer bouncing between the American Junior Golf Association and the Junior Golf Tour, where he won a September event after firing a 4-under 68 and finishing the 54-hole tournament at 12 under. That tournament win came just days after Big John revealed in September that he’s battling bladder cancer.
“Well, you know what, I always tell people I’ve lived one hell of a life,” Daly, 54, said after learning of his diagnosis. “No matter what happens, I’m not scared to die or anything. It would have been nice to play the last seven or eight or 13 years of my career a little more healthy. But hey, I’m still working, I’m still living life, I’m still doing the things I need to do. … I can accept the challenge. I’m not scared of that. I just want my kids to be OK and everyone else in my family.”
You know Big John’s smiling knowing his son will be following in his footsteps at his beloved University of Arkansas. Dad is awfully proud, as he should be.