june10 wildthingdalyatscottishopen

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'Wild Thing'  John Daly has confirmed he will compete in The Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond from July 9-12.

With his renowned ‘grip it and rip it’ brand of golf – which is awe-inspiring and unpredictable in equal measure – Daly will captivate the galleries along the banks of Loch Lomond, near Glasgow, when a world class field assembles next month.

“I am really looking forward to returning to Scotland to The Barclays Scottish Open,” said Daly, the California-born winner of two Major Championships.

“It is always such a pleasure to play in front of the Scottish crowds and I know I will have a great week.  It is a great golf course in an awesome setting.”

The Barclays Scottish Open will welcome Daly for the fourth time  and he will be hoping to finish a couple of places higher than he did in 2001, when he finished in a tie for third with rounds of 68-68-66-70 for a 12-under-par total of 272, one shot behind Denmark’s Thomas Björn and four adrift of South African winner Retief Goosen.

Winner of the 1991 US PGA Championship and the 1995 Open Championship at St Andrews, Daly has been enchanting European Tour crowds on a regular basis in 2009 with his long driving and his relaxed and friendly manner.

“I always love coming over to Europe,” added the 43 year old. “I feel really good. I'm working hard. The fans are great and I keep them on their toes.

"They just never know where I'm going to go or what I'm going to do; hell, I don't even know what I'm going to do sometimes!”

When Daly was recently asked if he had made any particular friends on his European travels, he quipped: “I'm like Jesus, I love all of you.”

A rejuvenated and slimmer Daly, who has lost four stone in weight in recent months since going through lap-band surgery, has been particularly hard to miss on the golf course this year thanks to his collection of spectacularly decorated trousers, which has prompted the golfer to suggest a new “Styled Thing” nickname.

For further information on The Barclays Scottish Open 2009, including ticket sales, go to www.barclaysscottishopen.co.uk. Under-16s accompanied by adults will gain free admission to the tournament, parking is free to all, and there will be rain and bus links to the tournament from Glasgow city centre.

Adult day tickets are available for £25 (senior citizens £15) until June 30, with season tickets available for £60 (senior citizens £35).