John Daly says success is just a couple swings away

PALM HARBOR, FL (Tampa Bay Times) - John Daly believes he's a swing or two away from being competitive again. But those swings have been the difference between making and missing cuts.

Daly, 44, has made one cut in five tournaments this year. In last week's Puerto Rico Open, he missed the cut by one shot. But Daly is upbeat about his game before this week's Transitions Championship at Innisbrook.

He has lost 131 pounds and now weighs a svelte 187. It has taken time to adjust his swing to the new body type, but he swears he's close.

"The hard work has to pay off sooner or later," Daly said. "I just can't keep going this bad. I'm close to being really good. Every week, I'm seeing so much more improvement. I think I'm used to the body change. It's just one or two bad swings. That's the way the whole year has gone so far."