Flamboyant golfer John Daly didn't win a new car at the Humana Challenge because it turns out his "ace," or a hole in one, came on a "mulligan," or a second try.
Daly was participating in the pro-am portion of the tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Private Course at the LaQuinta Country Club in southern California when his shot on the seventh hole caused a stir, according to PGA.com.
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"(Daly) made a hole-in-one in a pro-am at the Humana Challenge and won a brand-new $60,000 Hyundai Equus," PGA.com reported Monday. "Even more amazingly, Long John made that ace with his first swing with a brand-new Callaway 9-iron. Yes, his very first swing."
"A representative from Callaway had walked out to the 154-yard seventh hole on the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West to give him the club, which had just been outfitted with a longer shaft. Daly took a cut and, he said, didn't even look at the shot," the article continued.
But that was not quite the case, though. The PGA learned later in the day that the hole-in-one shot came on a second practice swing, disqualifying him for the prize, according to the Union-Tribune.
The PGA Tour took to Twitter to announce the mistake.
Tod Leonard, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, said as a long-time PGA Tour professional, it should have struck Daly, a two-time major champion, immediately that his shot did not qualify. But he likely got caught in the moment.
Daly told a tour official at the time, "Trust me, with three kids I will put the new Hyundai to good use."
"Shouldn't Daly have known better than to think a mulligan on a par-3 would win him a car? At some point in the round, Daly must have realized that," Leonard wrote Tuesday. "Tournament officials said he signed for a '3' on his group's scorecard for the hole and did not make further inquiries about getting the car."
PGA.com pointed out that Daly's last PGA Tour victory came in 2004 at the Farmers Insurance Open.
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