John Daly collapsed near the end of a round of golf on Saturday and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
The 49-year-old Daly was playing in a small event at Deerfield Golf Club in the northern suburbs of Jackson, Mississippi. Daly’s friend Billy Allen, who was with Daly at the hospital, said the two-times major champion’s vital signs were good but doctors were checking on possible injuries to his ribs and fingers.
The Deerfield club pro Leigh Brannan, who was at the tournament, said Daly was having trouble with the heat and had some difficulty breathing before being taken to the hospital. Temperatures were near 32C (90F) in the Jackson area.
“He was struggling pretty badly right before he collapsed,” Brannan said. “But we’re all hoping it’s nothing serious and that he was just a little dehydrated. He was even telling [Allen] he still wants to play [on Sunday].”
Daly’s hard-living ways have been well documented during a colourful career on the PGA Tour. He most recently made headlines after throwing his six-iron into Lake Michigan during the US PGA Championship after hitting three balls into the water.