Fan favourite John Daly, one of the most colourful and charismatic players in the game, is the latest Major champion to sign up for next month’s Barclays Singapore Open.
Korea’s Y. E. Yang, the first Asian to win a Major, and 2011 British Open champion Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland have also confirmed their participation in the US$6 million tournament at Sentosa Golf Club from November 8-11.
World number one Rory McIlroy, also of Northern Ireland, three-time winner Adam Scott of Australia and American lefthander Phil Mickelson will headline Asia’s richest National Open.
Daly’s “grip it and rip it” style pulls in the crowds whenever he tees it up on the US PGA Tour and European Tour.
Although the two-times Major champion is relying on invitations these days, the 46-year-old American has proved himself competitive with a fifth place finish in the Reno-Tahoe Open to his credit this season.
Daly regularly puts on master classes with the driver and he is ranked ninth in driving distance on the PGA Tour with an average of 306.6 yards.
Yang wrote his name in the history books when he won the US PGA Championship in 2009, achieving the improbable by reeling in Tiger Woods who had started the final round leading by two shots.
Until Yang’s march to glory, Woods was a perfect 14-of-14 when leading a Major after 54 holes.
Clarke, one of the most popular players on the European Tour, underscored his love for links golf with a three-shot victory in the 2011 British Open at Royal St. Georges.
“It’s fantastic that three true characters of the game – John Daly, Y. E. Yang and Darren Clarke – will play the Barclays Singapore Open this year,” said Chris Jordan, Senior Vice-President, Golf, of tournament promoters World Sport Group.
This year marks the 49th staging of the Singapore Open which will be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.