John Daly won two skins and US$30,000 at the Telus World Skins on Monday, taking advantage of Colin Montgomerie's missed opportunities.
The Scot left a 3m putt worth US$85,000 on the high side of the eighth hole and was feeling the effects of the miss afterwards. Even though he's made millions in his long career, Montgomerie said the money was on his mind as he stood over the putt.
"That's why I probably missed it," he said. "If I'd not thought of the money, I would have knocked it in."
Canadian Stephen Ames was the only player other than Daly to win a skin on the first day. His birdie on the third hole was worth US$15,000. Retief Goosen and Geoff Ogilvy were also shut out.
The final six holes of the day were carried over, which meant US$315,000 was up for grabs yesterday.
"I put a bad stroke on [the putt] really," Montgomerie said. "I missed it but never mind. It means there's more in the pot for the 10th hole."
When the holes start carrying over, things get a little more serious at this lighthearted event.
The first nine holes were easygoing. Montgomerie and Ames each had a vocal group of followers on Monday and Daly did his best to entertain.
He drove the green on the second hole before making a birdie to take his two skins. He also drove it over the green on the fifth hole.
"Giving him the opportunity of driving the greens is what it's all about," Ames said.
The five players combined for 16 birdies, especially refreshing for the players coming off the tough conditions they faced at the US Open in Pennsylvania over the weekend.
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