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John Daly was born in Carmichael, California, but was raised in Arkansas and Missouri. As a high school student at Helias High School in Jefferson City, Daly won the Missouri State Golf Championship and set several kicking records in football. Daly would play colligate golf at the University of Arkansas before turning pro in 1987. Daly debuted on the PGA Tour in 1991 and made his mark at the 1991 PGA Championship. Daly entered the tournament as the 9th and final alternate, but was able to participate when none of the other 8 alternates could make it to the course in time for the first round. Despite not having a practice round, Daly shot a 1st round score of 69. Daly’s strong play continued for the rest of the tournament, and he defeated Bruce Lietzke by 3 strokes to claim the 1991 PGA Tour Championship. The victory made Daly the first rookie to win a major championship since 1976. For his strong first season of PGA competition, Daly was named the 1991 PGA Rookie of the Year. Known for his drive, Daly became the first PGA Tour player to average over 300 yards per drive in 1997, and did so every season from 1999 to 2008. Other noticeable performances by Daly include a victory at The Open Championship in 1995 and a 3rd place finish at the 1993 Masters Tournament. Daly currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.