Children of PGA TOUR professionals often gain some spotlight from playing with their fathers in father/son tournaments, giving them a glimpse of what their dad had to play under for their career. But Little John Daly is starting to carve out his own spot at center stage.
Everyone knows his father, the ever-eccentric and two-time major champion Big John Daly, but not many know about the talent of Little John.
The equally as loud dresser was able to show off some of his own skills at the PNC Father/Son Challenge this week. The Daly’s have competed in the past and finished in the top ten last year but after one round, the duo was tied for 2nd place.
A lot of that has been due to Little John’s improvement from year to year. The younger Daly has been dominating the junior circuit, so much so that he has been promoted to play in the 16-18-year-old grouping even though he is just 15. Part of his success certainly comes from his father’s best attribute, being able to hit the ball a long way.
At his young age, Little John already hammers the ball about 270 yards off the tee.
Little John Daly, son of John Daly, chips onto the 18th green during the Pro-Am of the 2018 PNC Father Son Challenge on December 13, 2018 at the The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
“He hits it a lot (farther) now,” Big John said. “He’s about one club, a half a club short of me now. Last year, he was still two clubs short of me. So next year he’s going to be bombing it. He’ll probably be hitting it past me next year.” That’s a scary thought considering how the elder Daly was one of the longest hitters in recent memory.
While he’s adopted several good traits from his father, the one way Little John is different from his dad is that he lets his play do the talking more than his mouth. The young man comes off as extremely humble and has hopes of making it to the PGA TOUR himself one day.
And he’s well on his way, as he has made contact with many college coaches despite only being a sophomore in high school. He did say, however, that his dream is to follow in his dad’s footsteps and play at Arkansas.
If you watch him play, it’s obvious to see the potential that the young Daly has to be a major player in the future. It will be very interesting to watch how his career progresses and if we’re lucky, we can have a new Daly on the PGA TOUR for another generation.
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