Daly Double: John and Little John Excited to Play in First PNC Father/Son Challenge


John and Little John "LJ" Daly are looking forward to making their debut at this year's PNC Father/Son Challenge at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 8-11.

John says they have watched the PNC Father/Son Challenge on TV in the past and LJ’s eyes light up knowing he's going to play in the event this year.

"The Father/Son is a tournament dear to him and dear to me too, " said John.  "We are very excited to play.  I have Loudmouth working on matching outfits for us.  It will be fun."

LJ, who turned 13 in July, is an all-around athlete who plays football, basketball and golf, but focuses on golf the most and attends the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy in Clermont, Fla.

He picked up the game from his superstar father when he was two. 

"He started with chipping and putting," said John.  "I've never pressured him to play.  He's just enjoyed the game.  I've seen too many fathers pressure their kids to play.  Now he wants to play every day."

With his son improving on his golf game every day, the tournament could see John and LJ be major contenders for the trophy.

A five-time PGA TOUR winner, Daly, 50, joined the PGA TOUR Champions this year, making his debut at the Insperity Invitational in May where he finished tied for 17th.  Daly has played in 15 PGA TOUR Champions events with four top-20 finishes.  His season-best finish this year was at the DICK'S Sporting Goods Open in July where he tied for 11th.

Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd are two of the 13 World Golf Hall of Fame fathers who will return to the PNC Father/Son Challenge alongside their children.

Over the 19 years of the tournament, 24 World Golf Hall of Fame Members have played in the championship, averaging 67 percent of the professional field each year.

The winning team of the two-day, 36-hole scramble receives the Willie Park Trophy, in memory of the father and son British Open champions Willie Park Sr. and Willie Park Jr. This year’s purse is $1,085,000.

NBC Sports and Golf Channel will team up to provide eight hours of weekend coverage for the PNC Father/Son Challenge:

Friday, Dec.9:  Pro-Am Special, airing at 4 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Saturday, Dec. 10:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET (Golf Channel) and 4-6 p.m. ET (NBC)
Sunday, Dec. 11:  2-3 p.m. ET (Golf Channel) and 3-6 p.m. ET (NBC)