ONE of the biggest names in the world of golf is heading to Preston this Saturday.
Flamboyant two-time Major winner John Daly will be the guest of honour at a special sportsman’s dinner which is being held at the The Plough At Eaves pub, in Eaves Lane, Woodplumpton.
Famous for his larger-than-life character and his ability to strike the ball big off the tee, the 48-year-old American will be lifting the lid on his eventful career in the sport.
His biggest achievements on the course include his famous victory at the US PGA Championship in 1991, at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana.
He then went on to win the Open at St Andrews, in Scotland, four years later.
The event has been organised by landlord and former golf professional Mark Bond. “It’s absolutely massive to have somebody like John coming to Preston,” Bond said. “It’s kind of unheard of to have somebody of his ilk coming here.
“When you try to explain it to people, It’s like in tennis terms having someone like Roger Federer coming or David Beckham from football.
“He’s the biggest character in the game. And when you look at his career, he’s done it all and he’s also had an interesting life to say the least.
“In many respects, he’s like the George Best of golf.”
Bond has managed to persuade the superstar to visit Preston thanks to his brother Liam, who is a professional on the European Tour and knows Daly personally.
“I was a professional for five years when I turned pro in 1990 but I had a really bad injury to my back and was forced to give it up, Bond said.
“I still play and I’m classed as a pro still, so when I turn 50 next year, I’m thinking about having a go at getting on the Seniors’ Tour.
“But my younger brother Liam has been on the European Tour – off and on – for 16 years and it’s through him that I’ve managed to get John Daly.”
Daly has also agreed to showcase his unique swing to the guests on the night.
“John said he would whack some balls into the fields from the pub car park,” Bond said. “I am getting some floodlights set up.”
Other sporting celebrities such as Preston boss Simon Grayson and ex-Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe are also expected to attend.
Guests will be treated to a three-course meal, while a comedian will also provide entertainment.