Golf legend John Daly returns to Shaw Charity Classic – Calgary

In the buttoned-up world of golf, John Daly has made a career of getting noticed.

The professional golfer and living legend is excited to return to the Shaw Charity Classic at Calgary’s Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club.

“It’s amazing to have raised $76 million in the last 10 years,” Daly said. “This is just amazing.”

Daly is one of 78 golfers taking part in this year’s event and on Tuesday he played a friendly round with fellow golfer and last year’s tournament winner Doug Barron.

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Whether you’re reaching for a bat or another cigarette, the fan favorite is open when he talks about his bad-boy image.

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“There really aren’t any skeletons in my closet. If I screwed up, I say I screwed up and I think fans like that,” said the colorful pro, who includes Hooters as a sponsor. “I don’t look over my shoulder…everyone on this tour knows everything about me.

“My life, my ex-wives, everything. It’s out there, so there’s not really anything to hide.”

And maybe it’s that honesty that will bring him a new generation of younger fans.

“I think because of the beard they might think I’m Santa, but like (fellow golf pro) Justin Thomas told me, I’m bad Santa, so that’s out the window,” Daly said, laughing.

Daly can also blame social media for his newfound appeal. The 56-year-old, who ventured into the liquor and sportswear businesses, regularly delights fans with hilarious videos on Instagram of him singing and hitting balls off tacos.

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“I like to try to have as much fun as possible,” says the self-confessed old-timer. “If I don’t play well, no one is happy, but you have to have fun in life, otherwise what for?”

The Shaw Charity Classic runs August 3-7 and features 78 stars from the PGA Tour Champions, all battling for $2.35 million in a three-round, 54-stage stroke play tournament.

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Over the years, the Shaw Charity Classic has raised nearly $80 million for charities across Alberta.

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