VANCOUVER - They call him Long John.
It's been a long time since John Daly accomplished something like this.
With a four-day total of even-par 280 at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open, the fan favourite finished in a tie for ninth and notched his first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour since his playoff loss at the 2005 American Express Championship, a span of about 70 months.
Im proud, Daly said. At the beginning, I said if I shoot even-par this week, it will be a great score. And I shot even-par.
Only eight guys managed to post a better total score at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, which didn't surrender a single bogey-free round all week.
Daly has five PGA Tour titles including the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 British Open on his resume, but the 45-year-old has been a non-factor for more than a half decade.
Prior to this week, his best showing this season was a share of 38th at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
It's nice to see him play well, said tournament champion Sean O'Hair, who was paired with Daly for Sunday's final round. I think we all kind of want him to play well and get back to his form. I saw a lot of good things out of him this week.