Still to this day John Daly gets the average sports' fans attention when they hear his name.
The colorful pro golfer turned 50 last month and will play in his first Senior PGA Championship starting Thursday at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor. Known for his antics and entertainment value on the course, what can fans expect to see from Daly this week?
"You never know," Daly says with a big smile.
Daly hit the course at Harbor Shores for the first time on Tuesday as part of the Pro-Am Tournament. He's played in just a handful of tournament since turning 50 and being eligible to play on the Champions Tour.
"Just great to not only see my buddies that I played a lot of golf with in the 90s and part of the 2000s, just to be out here with a bunch of great guys and i'm just excited to be here," Daly explains. "Not too many sports you can say you're a rookie again."
It's a re-start for Daly who won the PGA Championship in 1991 and the British Open in 1995. Despite reaching fantastic success, Daly also suffered alcohol, gambling and health problems over the years that has derailed a good portion of his career.
Now he has an opportunity to start again. Daly tees off at 1:40pm on Thursday on Hole #10.
While Daly made his career by winning the PGA Championship, Roger Chapman made his career by winning the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores in 2012. Chapman, from England, was only scheduled to play in America that one week. Instead he shocked the world and won and then won the U.S. Senior Open that summer and has stayed on the Champions Tour since, playing in more than 100 events. Harbor Shores is where it all started.
"It's always nice to come back," Chapman explains. "The first year in 2014 coming back after winning two years previous was special and it's special again. Everyone is so friendly, they know who I am which is nice. Unfortunately my wife is not here this year but she wasn't here in 2012 either so is that an omen? I don't know."
Chapman will start up his Harbor Shores tradition again on Wednesday night when he eats at the Grand Mere Inn in Stevensville. That's where Chapman ate every night in 2012 and he's hoping to rekindle the magic.
Chapman will tee off at 1:40pm on Thursday at hole #1.
Colin Montgomerie would win the the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores in 2014 and is the 2-time defending Senior PGA Champ. This year marks the 3rd time in five years, Benton Harbor has hosted the Senior PGA Championship.
"It's great to be back in Benton Harbor," says PGA of America CEO Peter Bevacqua. "Ticket sales have been strong and corporate hospitality, just another wonderful reception for the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and we feel like this is our home away from home. and we're so thrilled to be back."