Reader praises Joe Daley, "a big believer in karma."
In his report in last week's Golf World Monday Tim Rosaforte told the story of Joe Daley
, whose 4-footer had just won the Senior Players Championship, and of an earlier 4-footer that would have sent most of us searching for another sport.
There was more to the background of this career grinder that made his victory so sweet. Daley was the ghost of Q school, the guy who hit a four-footer at PGA West in 2000 that dropped, hit the cup liner and popped back at him. In disbelief, Daley threw his hat down. Two days later, he failed to qualify by one stroke.
“I wish I could hit every putt like that the rest of my life,” he said. On the 15th green Sunday, after gunning his birdie putt four feet past the hole, Daley hit a putt every bit as good as the one that should have haunted him. This time it disappeared.
Daley told Rosaforte, "I'm a big believer in karma," and so were we all after he outlasted major champions Fred Couples and Mark Calcavecchia for the title.
One of our readers wrote to say that he'd seen a special quality about Daley a long time ago.
Dear Golf World:
Thanks for showcasing one of our local and in my case, old neighbors, biggest victory of his golfing career.
I grew up across the street from Joe, then known as Jay, JJ and Splinter (a nickname bestowed upon him during his caddie days) which fit him like a "T."A skinny rail-like kid with a lot of fire, passion and self-confidence, who I literally never saw without a golf club in his hands. I am pretty sure over the years, Joe took so many practice swings outside his house growing up, they didn't need a lawnmower to cut the grass.
To me it was clear that Joe was destined for great things on the golf course, he always had that glint in his eyes that he would someday be holding the championship trophy.
I don't know any better example of perserverance, hard work and dedication -- the ultimate grinder.
Way to go Joe, the pride of Plymouth Meeting (if you were still around, they would have you leading the 4th of July parade) down Germantown Pike tomorrow. You deserve all the successes you worked your whole life to achieve.
Your very proud old neighbor and friend always,
Chris Thompson, Media PA
Daley fans will also enjoy Bill Fields' post
about the Senior Players Champion just prior to that final round.