McDaniel is a freelance writer and best-selling author. The North Carolinian, who began his career in journalism in 1974, co-authored the late Earl Woods’ best-selling book Training a Tiger and Tiger Woods’ best-seller How I Play Golf. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed Uneven Lies: The Heroic Story of African-Americans in Golf. As senior writer for Golf Digest and Golf World magazines from 1993 to 2009, McDaniel collaborated on golf instruction and feature articles with Tiger Woods. He was under contract with Golf Digest as an instruction editor/writer in 2010-12. In 2014, lead writer McDaniel teamed with famed sculptor Mario Chiodo to produce Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf, a permanent exhibit at the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. McDaniel is an inductee into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame and the African-American Golfers Hall of Fame. McDaniel played high school and college golf. With an overly inflated ego and a single-digit handicap, he eyed a career as a player until he saw a group of colorfully-clad players warming up before the Skyview Open, a black golf tour event at his home course in Asheville, N.C. The skill displayed by Jim Thorpe, Chuck Thorpe, James Black, Bobby Stroble and Charlie Owens, among others, that day convinced McDaniel that his future was much brighter writing about sports than playing them.