STERLING, Va. — John Daly first met Donald Trump 25 years ago, and, for the two-time major champion, their relationship has never wavered — including now, as the 45th president faces multiple investigations into his campaign’s and administration’s ties to Russia.
“It was another tournament we played that didn’t last very long,” Daly said Wednesday of their 1992 meeting, “but I played in the pro-am with him and we have been friends ever since. I love what he’s doing for our country.”
Daly, who won his first PGA Tour Champions event this month in Houston, says there hasn’t been enough criticism of Democrats, namely the Clinton family.
“There’s been a lot of things go on with the Democrats that people just want to ignore now,” he said. “They don’t, they just want to pick on my buddy. Let him do his job and just see what he does. He’s doing great so far.”
Daly was preparing to play in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, which begins Thursday under a rainy weather forecast at Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C., which is actually about 20 miles outside of the nation’s capital. He loves the Tom Fazio-designed golf course.
“The golf course is beautiful,” he said. “It’s got some pretty good tough par 3s. The par 5s, if I drive it really well, I can get home to most of them. I think here it’s just keeping it in the fairway. The rough’s up, it’s a little damp, which makes it tougher to hit out of, but it’s a great, great golf course. Unbelievable golf course. I’m looking forward to it.”
But the week will not be without potential distractions. Protests are planned for the weekend near the club. Daly said he intends to ignore anything outside the ropes, imploring Trump critics to let him pursue his agenda.
“He’s the President of the United States,” he said. “I think people need to get on his wagon and ride with him and let him do what he’s doing and leave him alone. It’s not going to change for at least, you know, this year and three more.”