On Thursday night, John Daly sang Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" with Gavin DeGraw. On Friday evening, Daly backed up those words with a back-nine rally to make his first PGA Tour cut in more than two-and-a-half years.
Daly shot an opening 74 at the Safeway Open, the first event of the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season, and was still outside the cut line after a bogey on the 13th hole during his second round. But then he found a little magic from a back greenside bunker on No. 14:
Still, the two-time major champ needed a birdie on Silverado Resort & Spa's finishing par 5. But after another good shot from a greenside bunker to 15 feet, Daly made this putt to shoot 69 and make the cut on the number:
Clutch! OK, so it's only Friday, but that reaction shows how much sticking around for the weekend meant to Daly. His last made cut on the PGA Tour came at the 2015 Puerto Rico Open, where he finished T-10. Not that he hasn't played some good golf in between. The 51-year-old won his first PGA Tour Champions title in May.
After 36 holes in Napa, rookie Tyler Duncan leads at 13 under. Defending champ Brendan Steele is one back, and Chesson Hadley, who flirted with 59 before parring his last two holes to shoot 61, is in third at 11 under.