John Daly under evaluation in hospital after collapsing on golf course

John Daly
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2015 file photo, John Daly hits his tee shot on the ninth hole during the pro-am round for the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla. John Daly collapsed near the end of a round of golf Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. The 49-year-old Daly was playing in a small, local tournament at Deerfield Golf Club in Jackson's northern suburbs. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

JACKSON, Miss. — John Daly is out of the hospital and recovering from what his agent describes as a collapsed lung.

The two-time major champion was taken to Baptist Medical Center on Saturday after he collapsed at the 18th tee during an outing at Deerfield Country Club. A friend at the hospital with Daly says doctors were checking his ribs and some fingers but his vital signs were good.

Will Dottley, who was paired with Daly on Saturday, told The Golf Channel that a nurse in the gallery had to perform CPR on Daly and his survival was “kind of a miracle.”

Anna Cladakis, Daly’s fiancée, told ESPN’s Michael Collins in a text that Daly “is resting, but is in a lot of pain.”

Daly’s agent, Bud Martin, said in an email Saturday that the 49-year-old Daly has been coping with a lingering rib injury dating to 2007. The injury recently was causing pain and affected his breathing.

Deerfield club pro Leigh Brannan says Daly was having trouble with the heat and had difficulty breathing before being taken to the hospital. Temperatures were near 90 degrees Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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