I just got my first-ever shipment of Loudmouth Golf pants here at The Rock, and ever since I’ve been thinkin’ about Big John Daly, who’s famously worn a pair or two of the brightly-colored golf slacks.
I remember being amazed like everyone else when he came outta nowhere to steal the ’91 PGA Championship and the spotlight with his oversized drives, belly, and personality. Hollywood couldn’t have scripted a better story: he was the final alternate and carded a first-round 69 – without a practice round!
More wins came over the next few years, including another major with the ’95 British Open. Unfortunately, John won exactly ZERO events from 1996 to 2001 and started becoming better known for off-course antics and incidents like these:
- May 1993 – DQ’d from the Kemper Open for disruptive behavior following a poor first round.
- Early 1994 – Suspended from the first 12 tourneys and told to seek treatment for alcoholism.
- March 2008 – Denounced by swing coach Butch Harmon for his drinking and lack of commitment to golf.
- October ’08 – Picked up in a Winston-Salem Hooters parking lot after a night of heavy drinking.
Now he’s 43 years old and once again trying to pick up the pieces of what could have been a remarkable career. But he shot a personal-low 88 at this year’s Buick Open and began publicly talking about retiring. I can’t help but think maybe that’s what’s best for him in the long run – get out of the public eye and settle down at a resort course down South or something.
Personally, I wish the man the best and would love to see him pull it together. Tom Watson showed the world at Turnberry that older golfers can still compete, so the only thing holding John Daly back now is himself. Here’s hopin’ he shocks the golf world again with a major victory and not another court case.