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“…The Most Important Thing In His Life Is Getting Drunk”

Posted by Matt on March 12, 2008


World renowned swing coach Butch Harmon — the man who helped kick start Tiger’s career — has reportedly dropped client John Daly because, well, apparently Long John likes the sauce. Shocking, I know.

“My whole goal for him was he’s got to show me golf is the most important thing in his life,” Harmon said from his golf school in Las Vegas. “And the most important thing in his life is getting drunk.”

Now if you were to build a shrine here at TNB, Ric Flair would be flanked by our namesake, Erin Andrews and, undoubtedly, this guy. Despite his shortcomings, I am a John Daly fan and I’ll freely admit it. He’s had his problems but doesn’t back away from them and I like Daly because he’s a a man’s golfer, because of his unorthodox style, and because he just seems like a nice guy to his fans and charities.

But apparently what makes Daly so popular among the blue collar fans also makes him quite unpopular among golf’s elitists. Last weekend, on a sponsor’s exemption in the PODS Championship at Innisbrook, Daly spent a two-and-a-half hour rain delay at the Hooters Corporate tent only to emerge with Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach Jon Gruden as his new caddie, finishing with a 77 on Thursday and an 80 on Friday to miss the cut.

Not phased by his poor performance, Long John spent his off day on Saturday not practicing, but boozing at Hooters’ “Owl Nest” at the event and signing autographs for fans that included a John Hancock on the backside of a lovely co-ed. Listen, I get it, golf is the “gentleman’s game.” But anyone who watched the movie Happy Gilmore knows that shenanigans like Daly’s (or Gilmore’s) can garner quite the cult following. Blue collar fans — myself included — eat this stuff up, building Daly up to be a lager-than-life superhuman a la Saturday Night Live’s Bill Brasky character.

Feel free to draw your own conclusions about the man but I am most definitely a fan. If you get the chance to assume an easy ‘beach read’ this summer I highly recommend Daly’s autobiography, My Life In and Out of the Rough, and if we ever have a book club here at TNB, John’s book would undeniably be a charter member.

Linkage: NBC Sports


2 Responses to ““…The Most Important Thing In His Life Is Getting Drunk””

  1. MoonDog said

    He’s got a restaurant down here (Memphis) and he was there one day when a friend of mine and I popped in for lunch. He really is a nice guy and very down to earth. I agree with you about the game being slanted towards the “elitists.”

    But you have to admit, a lot of the problems he’s had, he’s brought upon himself. It’s too bad because the guy can still play.

  2. Matt said

    Oh I agree he’s brought it on himself…and I think he would agree with that too. But I just can’t help but like the guy because, though I have never met him, I am constantly hearing stories like yours where meeting him is a very pleasant experience.

    Even in his book he just oozes over his fans and freely admits that they’ve made and kept John Daly going.

    And you’re right, when he’s on it he can still play. I hope he has another good run left in him, I love watching him play.

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