Senior Staff Writer: Jeff Skinner
It’s about time the PGA Tour took action towards John Daly. The six month suspension is a justified punishment for his recently obnoxious behavior. I am hoping that this serves as a wake up call to Daly. John Daly needs golf more then golf needs John Daly. If any golf fan thinks that Big John has the same appeal now that he had when he won the PGA Championship as an alternate, they should be suspended!
Daly had so much talent he won two Majors with a training regimen of beers, smokes, wings, and a coach named Jack Daniels. While other pros practiced their swing, Daly spent too much time self-destructing.
When Daly came onto the scene, you had to love him. How could you not? He was a no-name Cinderella who wins a major and hits tape measure long balls. He played fast on the course and faster off. We all bought into the Daly persona and he did his best to destroy any good will he had earned. After each episode of trouble, we all would start rooting for John again. All of us were hoping that he had turned himself around and would control his demons and stay on the tour. Year after year, John found new ways to sink deeper and deeper to new lows. He has lost dozens of sponsors over the years and always found a way to bite the hands that were feeding him. We wanted him to make his headlines on the course, not in bars, parking lots and jails. We all love the comeback story. John is not coming back, not for a long time.
If there ever was a case that called for an “Intervention” it’s John. He needs help, big time help, Oprah help, Dr. Phil help. This past episode of public intoxication saw John in his best denial stage yet. Sleeping with his eyes open was how he described his drunken state. The police thought he was drunk enough to keep him over night. His reaction to the Tours suspension sounded like a sociopath. “Is it fair that I got suspended?” he said. “It’s not fair in reality, but it’s probably fair in perception.” Reality….perception, John does not have any reality. He lives in his own fantasy world.
“Tim (Finchem) and his staff have to do what they do,” Daly said. “Truly and honestly, I wish Tim would get to know the facts better before he makes a decision. I would love to sit down and have a nice talk with him, tell him what really happened. But perception is reality in the world, and sometimes they have to do what they have to do.” Sounds to me like Daly does not believe he has ever done anything worthy of a reprimand. That’s a real sociopath. It is never their fault, they do nothing wrong, show no remorse and resent anyone that may confront them.
I jumped off the Daly bandwagon years ago and find it hard to understand why so many golfers still think he warrants any adulation. He used to be portrayed as the everyman golfer, the common man. He never was. Not even close. If any of us had acted like he has we would be in jail waiting for our parole hearing. He has been given too many passes.
Yes, I know he is a great friend to his friends, would do anything for you, and he helps more charities than you can count. But, it is time John helped himself for a change. He needs professional help. Help to change his life so he can be Big John again. Help to keep him alive. He owes it to his kids. He owes it to himself. He owes it to the common man.