This was no heat-induced hallucination, golf fans. That was Daly's name atop the leaderboard Thursday at the PGA Championship, a result as surprising to him as those who watched him sweating through his round of 3-under 67 at steamy Southern Hills.
"I can't remember, to tell you the truth," he said when asked to recount his birdies in the 95-plus-degree heat. "I only had like three heat strokes out there."
One thing was certain: The solid play that left him the clubhouse leader midway through Thursday's round, a shot ahead of Arron Oberholser and four clear of Tiger Woods came without the benefit of practice.
Instead, Daly spent the early part of the week at a nearby casino playing slots.
UPDATE: At the end of the first round, Daly was in second place, two strokes behind leader Graeme Storm. Read the whole story.