Even though John Daly won't be taking home a trophy, his performance at the Qatar Masters was a great way to start the new season. With some nice birdies, Daly finished the tournament on February 5, 2012 at 9-under.
While Paul Lawrie took the victory shooting an impressive 15-under for the tournament, Daly showed a lot of promise for upcoming tournaments. Two bogeys on the front nine did no favors for Daly, but four birdies on the back nine made for a very positive ending. One of his birdies came from an incredible shot from the fringe about 25 feet away. Another was on a 12 foot putt. For a guy who is known for his long drives and overall power, it's good to show finesse in your short game like Daly did.
Now heading to Dubai to play this coming weekend at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, John Daly should have enough confidence in his short and long game to make another run at a win.
Via his Twitter page, Daly responded to fellow golfers and fans saying that he was feeling great about his play in Qatar and is looking forward to a great season. This is one of the many reasons I am such a fan of Daly's, he keeps his fans updated in a very personable way. Reading his comments on Twitter makes him seem like a friend, rather than some celebrity that you can't relate to in any way.
While he is not getting any younger, I still feel like Daly has plenty of life left in his game. Even in Qatar, he was just a couple of missed putts away from being right there in the lead. And that's just in his first tournament of the season.
But it just wasn't meant to be this time, as Paul Lawrie played great on Saturday and Sunday. And with the talent that shows up to all professional tournaments, there will always be someone out there shooting great golf to contend with.
So when next weekend comes around, hopefully it is Daly playing the quality golf that others are trying to keep up with.
Elias Bond grew up playing golf, and played religiously through high school and college. He still tries to find time to get out there for a round or two now and again, but seems to watch more than play these days.