Two-time major champion John Daly spends most of his time these days on PGA Tour Champions, including a victory at this year’s Insperity Invitational in The Woodlands.
Due to his overwhelming popularity with the fans, Daly still gets sponsor’s exemptions on the PGA Tour and will tee it up on occasion. Friday afternoon, he drew big cheers from his large gallery as he fired a 3-under 69 to make the cut on the number and set himself up to cash a check during the PGA Tour’s first tournament of the 2017-18 wraparound season.
“Long John” made the cut by virtue of a clutch birdie putt on the 18th hole.
This is Daly’s first made cut on the PGA Tour since the 2015 Puerto Rico Open.
The round of the day belonged to former PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Chesson Hadley as he flirted with the magical 59 en route to a course-record 61 that vaulted him 58 spots up the leader board and into a tie for second with defending champion Brendan Steele.
Phil Mickelson currently sits in a tie for 15th at 6-under following a pair of 69s.
PGA Tour rookie Maverick McNealy is in a tie for 23rd at 5-under.
Two-time major champion Zach Johnson is tied for 34th at 4-under after a second round 72.
Former SMU golfer Bryson DeChambeau will be around for the weekend as he sits in a tie for 55th at 2-under.
Notables who missed the cut and will be taking the weekend off include Keegan Bradley, Aaron Baddeley, Peter Uihlein and Jamie Sadlowski.