Daly targets European Tour future

“Wild Thing” John Daly reckons playing full time on the European Tour could re-launch his rollercoaster career.

But the American superstar won’t be in Adare Manor for this week’s Irish Open as he’s hosting a charity event in Arkansas.

Recovered from rib surgery, Daly shot 67 to finish 3rd behind Hennie Otto in the Italian Open and earn €17,170.

Daly said: “I'm now playing without pain and don't feel the injury at all so that's a blessing. Plus I've managed to make a little money this week to pay the exes (ex wives).

“I just wish I was going to Ireland, I really do. I would just love to keep on playing in Europe but my charity event next week means a lot to me.”

Daly was in Europe for the Spanish and Italian Opens and hopes to return for the Wales Open and the BMW International Open in Munich.

And after giving up all hope of getting a US Ryder Cup call up, he’s thinking of playing full time in Europe next year on courses where he can bomb his driver.

He said: “I will make a decision at the end of the year but I just enjoy it so much over here in Europe and I've always enjoyed it. You can least hit driver over here and enjoy the game.

"So I'm pleased I came to Europe as I've started to get my swing back given that this week was only my third tournament since rib surgery and the good thing is I am starting to get back my long backswing.”