John Daly: A funny, loveable buffoon (whose PGA Tour career is over)
Talking about having to play two rounds in one day - as he had to do at the Deutsche Bank Championship because of rain delays - John Daly told BBC Sport, “I will just put four or five extra packs of cigarettes in my bag, and I will be fine.”
You gotta love him. Well, I guess. But that doesn’t change the fact that he’s something of a moron and a chronic underacheiver. How this guy got in the multi-majors-win club is beyond me. He’s got a boatload of talent and cojones for miles. But it takes more than that. Years from now, as he’s dragging his oxygen tank around the track on the Old Farts Tour three or four times a year, we’ll all still be chuckling along at his quips and soundbytes. And his career win total will look an awful lot like it does right now. Smoke up, Johnny.
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It MUST be that the site pays y'all based on the number of comments you get. Right?
Otherwise, why rag a guy who does the best he can given the 'personal issues' he drags around like an extra caddy? Mr. Nessmith - shame on ya.
Losers rag on others rather than trying to improve themselves. You guys can't even come up with your original newletter. this looks exactly like the golf newswire. you guys are putting a real stain on golf
So Mark...your point is???????
My point? I was quite clear about it above. (To be exact: He's got a boatload of talent and cojones for miles. But it takes more than that.) Do I think it's stupid for a person who makes his living with his body not to take care of it. Definitely. I don't care what Hogan or Palmer or anyone else did to their bodies a generation or more ago. We've learned a lot over the years. And it's not just smoking. How many more wins would Lee Trevino have had if he'd been on a modern training regimine? Not a slam on Trevino, just an observation. How many more home runs would Babe Ruth have hit if he'd trained like even average MLB players do today? (Minus, the steroids, I mean.) Conversely, how many fewer wins, Ks and no-hitters would Nolan Ryan have had without all that training? If you don't think the "non-golf" training that guys like Tiger Woods and Lefty do has a lot to do with their success, you're nuts.
So lots of fans were following JD at Harding Park? Of course they were - as I said in my title, he's funny and loveable. Hey, he'll go down in history for what he did at Crooked Stick alone. That's one of the great Cinderella sports stories of all time. But I guarantee if you'd polled the galleries there at Harding Park, the folks who really follow golf were rooting for John precisely because he's made them wince so many times over the years. Even NASCAR fans get tired of watching crashes. The fact is, John has accomplished a lot with the talent God gave him. Imagine what he could have done with some discipline, focus and hard work.
Just because he don't fit into the "mould" of a pussy PGA tour player that sips milk before bedtime and eats 2 fruit and 5 vegies a day does not mean he won't win tournies. JD is pure talent and does not need to have a practice regime like any others.
An example of how better a player he is over the top 5 in the world was a charity event in Canada a few years ago. After finally winning a hole, 15 holes in, against VJ and Sergio and some Canadian guy, he rocks up to the next hole, a par 3 with the honour of teeing up first. He walks over to the drink cart, grabs a diet-coke out, takes a few mouthfulls, puts it on the ground, puts his ball on top of it, stands next to it, and pulls the trigger with a 3iron in hand. Although the ball did not hit the green, it still was hit clean as a whistle off the can which stayed upright and not a drop spilt.
He then asks VJ and Sergio to give it a go, after all it is a charity match. They shook their heads and said 'no way'. Mainly because they probably would smash the can 20 yards down the fairway and look like complete idiots. So is the personality, prowess and power of the most talented guy on tour, JD!
Let us see how many titles you have won Mark!
I like ol' John, I have known him a very long time and have personally seen what he has done for many people.
Check out his new golf shop.
shame on you who dont understand this guy, and maybe another note,jealousy
might not even be a doubt.
Critic without two Majors, please stand up....
of an alcoholic, moronic, has-been and never-will-be again! Sounds like a guy thrust through his own abilities to fame too fast, kinda like Elvis Presley. He does what he wants because it makes him happy in the moment and makes no apologies. But ultimately it sounds like to me, he's tryin desperately to find happiness in his homelife, tryin to make all the major tournaments and win, and still havin hell with the women which effects his game which we all know who play is a 90% mental game. If the mental house isn't in order your mental game wont be. He's still makin enough to keep goin on in his attempt to get back on top, keep dolin out some change for the charities, and have some fun. If he could get the women situation in order, he might be alright. In short, he's living life to the fullest he can, be himself along the way, no apologies, and just simply still tryin to grow up through all the fame and accolades or lack thereof. It's wrong, inhuman, and insensitive, to kick a man when he's down. He'll be back you watch. I just hope he dont read alll this crapola. I love the guy, bein from Texas early and now a fellow Arkansan, I feel he's "one-of-us"! I only hope he lives through all this and gets back on top, not becoming another "legend in the sky" taken from us too early by excesses or a "crazy soon ex-wife or lover-to-be". Or lets himself get caught up in a "WWE Superstar Chris Benoit"-type scene. Sometimes behind closed doors, even the best can snap amongst all the negative energy. John has my love and prayers, give the guy a break! Dont kick him when he's down. He'll be back! He's too good a person and charitable guy to not be back after he grows up. Give him time. Hang in there John! your true fans love ya for your perserverance.!!
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