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Playing golf with John Daly a “fun day” for Mark Stoops — even if UK coach wasn’t quite as good as he hoped

Mark Stoops talks with a fan at the Barbasol. (Larry Vaught Photo)


For a change, Mark Stoops was wanting to see some editing done in this video replay.

The Kentucky football coach played in the Barbasol Championship Pro-Am Wednesday at Keene Trace Golf Club in Jessamine County and played his first nine holes with former PGA and British Open winner John Daly.

On the par-3 ninth hole in front of media members, Stoops put his tee shot in the water. He pleaded for WKYT-TV videographer Steve Moss to “edit” the tape and show his partner’s tee shot landing a few feet from the pin like it was Stoops’ shot.

Of course, Stoops is not paid to play golf.

“You saw my tee shot on 9, not too impressive,” Stoops joked. “Time for me to get back to work, get back in the office.”

He will be at the Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala., Thursday with three of his players. However, he enjoyed his 18 holes of golf Wednesday.

“It was a fun day. Great being out here and being part of it,” Stoops said. “Getting to play with John Daly was a real experience. He is a great guy and fun to be around. Easy to play with. He can still rip the ball. He hit a great drive back there on 8 and really bombed it out there.

“Course is playing really nice. It is in great shape. I thought I was a little better athlete than that, though. You think you can come out here and do it. It’s a difficult game, that’s for sure.”

John Daly (Larry Vaught Photo)

Daly had fun playing with Stoops, too, even though he’s an Arkansas graduate.

“It’s SEC. We are all family,” Daly laughed and said. “Nice day, not too hot, getting to know the course a little bit. Greens are perfect.”

But what about Stoops’ golf game?

“He just needs a little work. He doesn’t get to play that much. I think Coach comes out and likes to have fun. It’s kind of a way for him to get away and get his mind right sometimes,” Daly said.

The former PGA and British Open champion has done a few golf outings in Kentucky before. He’s played in the PGA at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville. He knows pro golfer Fuzzy Zoeller of New Albany, Ind., along with former UK golfer J.B. Holmes, a PGA Tour winner.

“I have had some fun in Kentucky,” Daly said.

Still, the star of the group was Stoops. A man from Arkansas had brought his two young children to Jessamine County and asked to get a picture with Stoops. Several teenage fans from Kentucky did the same. Stoops was smiling, shaking hands and posing for pictures his entire round.

“It’s just a fun day but those days are just about over now. It’s time to get back to work,” Stoops said.

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