John Daly: Looking to secure himself a European Tour card
John Daly heads into this week's BMW Masters in Shanghai looking to secure himself a European tour card for next season.Over the past few years the 46-year-old American has been making more and more appearances in events sanctioned by the European circuit having lost his PGA Tour card back in 2006.Having to rely on invites and exemptions to play at all in America, Daly admits he will now focus on the opportunity to become a full-time member of the European Tour.After a fourth-placed finish in Qatar, a tie for 11th in Sicily and a strong showing at the USPGA Championship back in August, the 1995 Open champion finds himself in 88th place in the Race to Dubai money-list.Live on Sky SportsLive European Tour Golf2012 BMW Masters: Day OneOctober 25, 2012 5:30am
With the top 115 players automatically receiving cards for 2013, a good showing in China would all but assure Daly of his playing privileges next season.
Indeed, the veteran admits he is now even looking at cracking the top 60 to earn a spot in the lucrative end-of-season DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
''If I get a card, I can pick and play everything over there (Europe),'' Daly told American reporters.
''China has no cut, and if I can play halfway decent, I should lock it up. That was my whole goal, to get a European Tour card."
Having seen his chances of a PGA Tour card disappear with poor performances at the Frys.com Open and McGladrey Classic in recent weeks, Daly admits his focus is now on Europe.
'Wild Thing' as he was once known believes his reputation now counts against him in his homeland, adding: "I have no goals here (America) because I don't get in anything. Everyone turned me down on the West Coast.''