Every pro golfer looks to bank some coin when they turn 50 and become eligible for the PGA Tour Champions. For two-time major champion John Daly, there's a slightly different twist. According to a report in USA Today, former Masters champion Fuzzy Zoeller bet Daly years ago that he wouldn't make it to the big 5-0. The long-hitting Daly turned 50 on Thursday.
"Fuzzy's going to owe me 150 grand,'' Daly told the newspaper. "I don't know if he remembers that bet or not, but I'll get that cash from him, hopefully.''
Daly couldn't recall the year, but he remembered the circumstances of the bet during Masters week.
"I think it was Tuesday morning, and we played nine holes and went to TBonz [restaurant] and had some lunch,'' Daly said. "Next thing I know, we were in the same clothes playing Wednesday at 7:30 in the morning and the par-3 tournament. We stayed through the whole nine [holes], drinking, having a good time and eating."
And what, exactly, were the particulars of the wager?
"Fuzzy said, 'I got 150 grand you're never going to make it to 50.'"
So will Daly hold Zoeller to the bet? The major winners never shook on it, Daly said, "So I won't hold him up to it."
Daly will make his first start in the 50-and-over circuit next week at the Insperity Invitational in The Woodlands, Texas.