CBS Sportsline reports: John Daly prepared for the PGA by pulling slot machine handles. He dealt with the oppressive heat by smoking cigarettes and loading up on caffeine. Ask him how he became the leader after the first round and Daly's answer is honest: "I have no idea."
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.