Dalys team up for 59, lead PNC Father/Son Challenge

John Daly and his son, Little John, find themselves atop the leaderboard after Round 1 of the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Dalys, ages 52 and 15, teamed up Saturday to shoot a 13-under 59 in a scramble format at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. They lead David Toms and Carter Toms, who plays college golf at LSU, by a shot.

After shooting 5 under on the front nine, the Dalys posted an 8-under 28 on the back nine. They birdied each of their final six holes.

The Daly’s 59 is the 10th sub-60 round in the 21-year history of the Father/Son. The record is 57, held by Raymond Floyd and Raymond Floyd Jr. (1995) and Bob and David Charles (1998).

This is the Dalys third appearance in the Father/Son. They tied for ninth in each of the past two editions.

Jack Nicklaus and his 16-year-old grandson, G.T., are tied for third at 11 under with fellow past champions Stewart and Connor Cink.

Zach Johnson’s former caddie Green to loop for Schniederjans

Damon Green wasted no time finding a new boss.

The 58-year-old Green and Zach Johnson parted ways last week after nearly 15 years, two majors and 11 total PGA Tour victories. Five days later, Green has agreed to caddie for Schniederjans beginning next year.

The news was first reported by The Caddie Network and confirmed to Golf Channel by Schniederjans’ agent.

According to a report by Golfweek, Johnson’s agent helped facilitate a meeting between Green and Schniederjans, who played golf together last week at the Golf Club of Georgia before Green headed back home to caddie for Jim Furyk’s dad, Mike, in the PNC Father/Son Challenge in Orlando, Fla. On Thursday night, Green and Schniederjans reached an agreement over the phone.

“When I talked to Ollie (Thursday) night, he was overjoyed,” Green told Golfweek. “It’s good to feel that way, feel like you can help and you’re wanted. It re-energizes you.”

Green will officially start at the Sony Open.

Schniederjans, who will no longer have caddie Lance Bailey on his bag, was a two-time All-American at Georgia Tech before turning pro in 2015. He won the 2016 Air Capital Classic on the Web.com Tour and has spent the past two seasons on the PGA Tour, notching eight total top 10s but no victories.

The 25-year-old Schniederjans is ranked 175th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Nicklaus: Tiger’s swing better now than ever

Tiger Woods surprised a lot of people last season. That group includes 18-time major winner Jack Nicklaus.

Speaking to Golfweek prior to the PNC Father/Son Challenge in Orlando, Fla., Nicklaus said he didn’t think the 42-year-old Woods, who had a back fusion in April 2017, would ever play golf at the level that he played this year.

Woods made 18 starts on the PGA Tour last season, notching seven finishes of T-6 or better. He was runner-up at the PGA Championship and capped his season with a victory at the Tour Championship, his first on Tour since 2013.

“I think his swing is much better now than it ever was,” Nicklaus told Golfweek. “The reason for that is Tiger was very much up and down with his head and I think that put a lot of pressure on his back. The fusion that he had, obviously was something he didn’t want but it was something he needed. … I didn’t think he would ever play golf as well as he’s playing.

“I never dreamed that he would play quite as well as he has and that the operation actually leveled out his head and leveled out his swing.”