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John Daly, Dan Marino highlight tourney

Originally Published: April 12, 2010
By Lynn Hoppes | Page 2

DariusMatthew Glac/US PresswireDarius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish hosts the annual Monday After The Masters tournament.

"Haven't made a cut in weeks.

My career is looking so bleak."

That's John Daly joking around while strumming a guitar at the 10th hole of the 16th annual Monday After The Masters celebrity pro-am golf tournament in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The enigma Daly, who is preparing for this week's Verizon Heritage tournament in Hilton Head Thursday, spent Monday helping his friend Darius Rucker and the Hootie and the Blowfish raise money for children's charities.

"I'm having a great time and this is for a good cause," Daly said.

Daly, who has won two major championships but also has struggled with his own personal demons, was a man of few words Monday. He was focusing on his golf game.

Daly is returning to the course this week under a sponsor's exemption for the Verizon Heritage PGA Tour event at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. He's been busy recently, taping his weekly show called "Being John Daly" for Golf Channel and selling John Daly-inspired merchandise at the Masters last week.

But, on Monday, it was all about the charity tournament for Daly, and he was teamed with NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino.

"We're having a great time. Of course, we know that John can hit it far but it's great to see him do it up close," said Marino, whose best ever round of golf was a 65. "This event is always good because we are so close to the fans."

The six-person team led by PGA Tour player D.J. Trahan and country music singer Steve Azar captured the tournament with a score of 18-under par. There was a four-way tie, including Daly-Marino, for second place at 17-under on the day.

For the fifth consecutive year, a sellout crowd of 6,000 fans packed The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf. Over the past 15 years, the Monday After The Masters has donated more than $4.5 million to the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, which supports the educational needs of South Carolina and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.

"It's amazing to see so many celebrities come out here and give something back," said Rucker, the host. "We never dreamed it would be this big."

Lynn Hoppes is Senior Director for Page 2 and Commentary for ESPN.com.


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