Daly uses glue to 'repair' old hand wound

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The Former Open champion John Daly is hoping not to come unstuck in this week's TNT Open at Hilversum after using superglue as emergency treatment for a hand injury.

Last week Daly required stitches in his right hand after picking up a freak injury during his second round at Muirfield.

"I hit a shot on the fifth hole at the Open on Friday and it felt like somebody just stabbed a knife through my finger," he explained. "I played basically the last 13 holes one-handed, I was in so much pain."

Unsurprisingly, Daly missed the cut at Muirfield with rounds of 74 and 77 and after travelling to the Netherlands for the TNT Open, received medical treatment on his hand.

"The doctor found a piece of glass that had been there for years, I can't remember how it got there. I must have jarred it and dislodged it when I played the shot in the rough.

"He cut it open and took out the glass, but I played 11 holes today and my right hand just started bleeding really badly. I put superglue on top of it so hopefully that will stop the bleeding. If it doesn't work I'm going to have to get it restitched. The stitches came out the other day and that's what really hurts."

Also in Hilversum competing for the first prize of £193,000 are Ryder Cup team-mates Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood, Paul McGinley and Bernhard Langer, along with Nick Faldo, Retief Goosen, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter.

Langer is defending the title he won last year at Noordwijkse, his 40th European Tour title which effectively secured his place in the Ryder Cup. "It meant a lot to win last year, my first for four years," he said. "I played well in the Open at Lytham the week before and took the form with me."

* Ireland's Christy O'Connor Jnr tees up in the Senior British Open this week searching for what would be an unprecedented third victory in succession in the Seniors championship. To win the £75,000 first prize he will have to overcome a strong field that is headed by the defending champion, Australia's Ian Stanley, and also includes Tom Watson, Tony Jacklin and Scotland's Bernard Gallacher, who recently won his first Seniors Tour title in the Mobile Cup at the Stoke Park Club in Buckinghamshire.