Big John Daly has apparently overcome his recent rib injury and will continue his comeback to the PGA Tour through an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open.
Daly was among several exemptions announced by the Royal Canadian Golf Association and RBC on Wednesday.
“John has dealt with some personal and health issues that have affected him both on and off the golf course, but in my most recent conversations with John, he is committed to his PGA Tour career,” said Canadian Open tournament director Bill Paul.
Daly says his health issues are not a concern.
“When Bill called to offer me the exemption, I reassured him that I’m healthy and looking forward to getting back to Glen Abbey. I’ve always enjoyed coming up to Canada to play in this event and am extremely grateful for all the support I’ve received from Canadian golf fans over the years,” said Daly.
Other exemptions announced on Wednesday include Canadian pros Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., Dustin Risdon of Strathmore, Alta., Chris Baryla of Vernon, B.C., Jon Mills of Oshawa, Ont. and Ian Leggatt of Cambridge, Ont.
Other tour veterans coming to the Abbey include American Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger, 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate and 1998 Canadian Open winner Billy Andrade.
Danny Lee, winner of the 2008 US Amateur and British Amateur Championships, has also accepted an exemption.
The field will also consist of some high profile Canadian amateurs including Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., Matt Hill of Bright’s Grove, Ont. and Cam Burke of New Hamburg, Ont. who earned his exemption by winning the 2008 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.
Also taking part in this year’s event is Canadian club professional Kyle German, competing on an exemption after winning the 2008 Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship.
Six additional exemptions into the field will be the top six players, not otherwise exempt, on the Canadian Tour’s Order of Merit following this weekend’s Saskatchewan Open in Saskatoon, Sask.
Four additional spots in the field will determined on Monday, July 20, at a qualifier at Heron Point Golf Links in Alberton, Ont.
The final field for the Open, other than Monday qualifiers will be announced on Friday, July 17.