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Daly in 2017 U.S. Senior Open

The colorful, controversial John Daly not only won his first tournament in 13 years Sunday at the Insperity Invitation in The Woodlands, Texas. He also gained an automatic exemption into next month’s 38th U.S. Senior Open Championship here at Salem Country Club.

 Daly, 51, bogeyed the last three holes and still shot a closing 69, three under par, for a 54-hole total of 202 and a one-stroke victory over Tommy Armour III and Kenny Perry.

 “It wasn’t pretty at the end,” Daly, wearing American flag pants, admitted. “But I got it done and that’s all that matters.”

 Coincidentally, The Woodlands is where Daly made his PGA Tour Champions debut a year ago.

 Daly made five birdies and an eagle to build up a mid-round cushion before his not-so-glorious finish, which included Daly getting down on his knees and kissing the 18th green to mark the occasion of his first PGA Tour Champions win. Daly became the sixth player to win his first Champions event at The Woodlands.

 Daly, who now stands eighth on the PGA Tour Champions money list $421.664, takes this week off with the rest of the Tour before moving on to the Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., May 15-21. Three more events then will remain before the U.S. Senior Open comes to Salem, June 26-July 2.

 By: Gary Larrabee, Media Liaison, 2017 U.S. Senior Open