The Associated Press
Swing Kid: Rock, Daly put on show at pro-am
By PAULA PASCHE Of The Oakland Press
John Daly (left) watches Wednesday as his friend Kid Rock drives on the 8th hole during the pro-am round of the Buick Open at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc.
At one point approaching the No. 3 green, Kid Rock said aloud to no one in particular: "Note to self, it's probably my last game of golf. Ever."
This was shortly after he promised the large, raucous crowd at the par-3 tee box on No. 3 that if he hit a hole-in-one he'd buy everyone a beer. His money was safe. His tee shot was so far right he didn't even attempt to look for the ball.
When rock meets jock most anything can happen. That was exactly the scene when crowd favorite John Daly played in a Buick Open pro-am group with his buddy Kid Rock on Wednesday at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club.
Kid Rock, who lives in northern Oakland County, was out to have fun and he seemed to be living the dream. He cracked open his first Corona Extra on the first fairway. On some tee shots his cigar never left his mouth. At the 18th green he placed his tall Budweiser can beside the hole before putting.
He was wearing Kid Rock attire -- Dickies overalls over a white T-shirt with his trademark straw fedora. The T-shirt was tossed by the time he finished.
"I don't mess with his clothing attire,'' Daly said, letting out a belly laugh.
Kid Rock arrived on the first tee box wearing adidas sneakers, but Daly insisted he wear golf shoes since the grass was wet and slick. Someone went to the pro shop and brought out a pair of black size 10 1/2s which peaked out from his overall hem that dragged through the wet stuff. By the 18th he was back to wearing the adidas.
His caddie was no normal caddie either. On his bag was Patrick McGinnis, the president of Rock Financial, who lives in Union Lake but grew up in Flint.
Daly, who is playing in his eighth Buick Open, tried to take the game somewhat seriously. But when he teed off on No. 4 his ever-present cigarette was in his mouth.
This was no accidental pairing. Daly and Kid Rock are good buddies. Last year Daly stayed at his house during the Buick Open.
He staying there again this year. On Tuesday the pair played a practice round at Indianwood Country Club.
"We golfed yesterday, had some meat loaf last night, smoked a cigar and shared some conversation,'' Kid Rock said.
The two have been buddies for years.
"I met him in Memphis a long time ago, we became really good friends. It's cool. I've been very fortunate to meet a lot of these guys (musicians) and become friends with them. I've gotten a lot of them to play golf and a lot of them don't. But it's cool to hang out,'' Daly said. "The passion they have for music, it's really neat for me because it's a hobby of mine.''
"... He's really cool, he's a great guy, he's laid back more than people think he is and I stay at his house this week , it's very peaceful and quiet it's a great week,'' Daly said.
Kid Rock was happy to be a part of the Buick Open's 50th celebration but had no illusions about his golf game.
"I don't think anyone is expecting me to be good here. I think I'm the comedy portion of the event,'' said Kid Rock whose moniker is stitched on his golf bag. But his real name -- Robert Ritchie -- appears on his Oakhurst Country Club bag tag. He's a member at Oakhurst in Independence Township but doesn't play often.
He doesn't have a registered handicap and possesses a wicked slice.
"I would not stand to the right of me at all,'' he said before his first tee shot and he called it just right. His tee shots on 2, 3 and 4 were so wide right he didn't even search them out. Instead of playing in, he signed autographs on T-shirts, CD covers, golf flags and whatever was placed in front of him.
When one woman asked him to "come here" he did because he thought she said, "Do you want a beer?"
He wasn't exactly PGA Tour material and neither were a lot of the fans. Usually khaki is the attire of the day, but on Wednesday tattoos and tank tops were the order of the day.
Golf is never too stuffy at Warwick Hills. Daly said he loves rowdiness which is why he loves the Buick Open.
On Wednesday Daly and Kid Rock put on a show that shook up the golf world for an afternoon. That's not a bad thing.
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