American golfing icon John Daly turns heads at The Open AGAIN as he plays wearing Hooters pants and smokes cigarettes on the tee (but sadly he’s a woeful 143rd on the leaderboard!)

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American golfing icon John Daly turns heads at The Open AGAIN as he plays wearing Hooters pants and smokes cigarettes on the tee (but sadly he’s a woeful 143rd on the leaderboard!)

  • There is no official rules prohibiting PGA players from smoking on the course  
  • Daly, 57, finished above former No. 1 and two-time major winner Dustin Johnson
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Controversial American golfer John Daly has turned heads at The Open yet again as he played at Royal Liverpool while wearing Hooters pants and smoking cigarettes on the tee.

Starting off six over par in the tournament’s second day of action, Daly, 57, sported his typical wild blonde beard and hair in front of fans, who were rather taken away by the 1995 Open champion being able to defeat Dustin Johnson in his orange bottoms on Friday. His chances of making the cut are slim as he’s ranked 143rd.

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‘What a legend’ a fan commented. 

Another user called golf ‘weird’ after pointing out that despite ‘barely being able to walk, wearing Hooters pyjamas and with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth most of the time,’ Daly was still able to beat Johnson – a former No. 1 and two-time major championship winner – over 36 holes. 

It was later revealed that there is technically no rule prohibiting PGA players from smoking while playing, although the habit is frowned upon by officials. 

US golfer John Daly showed up wearing Hooters pants at Royal Liverpool on Day 2 of The Open

US golfer John Daly showed up wearing Hooters pants at Royal Liverpool on Day 2 of The Open

The 57-year-old was even spotted enjoying a cigarette break in between holes with his caddy

The 57-year-old was even spotted enjoying a cigarette break in between holes with his caddy

Daly started off six over par on Friday and managed to finish above ex-No. 1 Dustin Johnson

Daly started off six over par on Friday and managed to finish above ex-No. 1 Dustin Johnson

Daly’s sponsorship with Hooters, who are known for their scarcely-attired waitresses, made headlines last year when the golfer and his son, John Daly II, signed an NIL endorsement deal with the US restaurant chain. 

‘As a longtime fan of the brand off the course, I am excited this relationship with Hooters extends to the greens,’ Daly said in the spring of 2022. ‘This will be a terrific partnership as Hooters is all about authentic fun. I am eager to represent the brand and have a great time while doing so.’ 

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Fortunately enough for ‘Big John’, there’s a Hooters in Liverpool that he can go to and relax after his latest round at the oldest and one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world. 

Daly also showed up at The Open at Royal St George’s last year with a Hooters-themed golf bag and matching hat before posing with staff members for pictures on several occasions.

On Wednesday, Daly caught the attention of many as he donned a stars and stripes shorts and and a top emblazoned with the name of Donald Trump while enjoying a practice round with Brooks Koepka in Merseyside. 

Over the course of a remarkable career, Daly has developed a reputation as one of the most entertaining players in professional golf.

Daly's described himself as a 'longtime fan' of Hooters. His son also has a deal with the brand!

Daly’s described himself as a ‘longtime fan’ of Hooters. His son also has a deal with the brand!

Daly's golf bag has also been customized to sport the colors of the US restaurant chain

Daly’s golf bag has also been customized to sport the colors of the US restaurant chain

Daly speaking with Taylor Moore on the 18th hole during the second round of The Open, Friday

Daly speaking with Taylor Moore on the 18th hole during the second round of The Open, Friday

Aged 29, the big hitter overcame Costantino Rocca in a play-off to win it all at the 1995 Open Championship. Since then, his outfits have been much talked about and last year Daly revealed his shocking on-course diet, too.

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 During the first round of the 2022 PGA Championship in Oklahoma, Daly smoked 21 cigarettes, drank 12 Diet Cokes and ate six packs of peanut M&Ms.

That day at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, he shot two-over par and then went to his regular spot — Hooters — to enjoy some wings before ending his night on the slot machines at a casino.

Daly once told sports journalist Graham Bensinger in a 2016 interview that he simply despises drinking water and prefers the taste of Coca-Cola.

‘I used to drink anywhere from 12 to 20 diet cokes a day,’ he said. ‘I used to go to McDonald’s three to four times a day. To me, they always had the best fountain diet coke. […] You know I don’t drink water. I hate water. I cannot stand drinking water.’

Daly pledged to cut back on his consumption of Diet Coke and cigarettes in 2020, following a bladder cancer diagnosis. Two years later, he revealed the cancer was benign.

Daly also previously disclosed his gambling addiction, admitting that its costs him a whooping $55million between 1991 and 2007. 

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