Steven Bowditch with an eye-catching John Daly at the charity golf day at Twin Waters.
Steven Bowditch with an eye-catching John Daly at the charity golf day at Twin Waters. Barry Leddicoat

Daly's aglow but not in rage

GOLF'S wild child, American John Daly, did what he does best at a charity event on the Sunshine Coast yesterday - he gripped it and ripped it.

Daly, incandescent in a bright orange shirt and multi-coloured shorts, let rip a tee shot of about 265 metres in the long-drive contest at the inaugural Steven Bowditch Charity Golf Day at Twin Waters Golf Club.

A crowd of about 100 people was on hand to watch the controversial two-time major winner, who fulfilled his commitment to play in the event despite his trip Down Under being marred by an on-course incident at the Australian Open earlier this month.

"Wild Thing", as Daly is known, was barred from competing at Coolum after storming off the course at the Open when he blasted six balls into the water.

Daly, one of the longest hitters in golf, was in a much more relaxed mood yesterday, although he declined to speak to the Daily when we caught up with him during his round.

"I've done my media commitment," he said in a Southern drawl.

Despite Daly's long-drive effort, which was into a "reasonable" northerly wind and was good enough for second place, Victorian pro Steve Jones won the event with a hit of 282 metres.

Peregian Beach pro Bowditch hopes to raise about $50,000 for Autism Queensland.

Yesterday's event drew a host of big names, including new Australian Open champion Greg Chalmers, reigning Australian PGA champion Peter Senior and veteran Rodger Davis.

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