Who is John Daly?
John Daly is a well-known American golfer. He is popularly known as ‘Long John’ among his contemporaries thanks to his driving stance which he takes off the tee. He is also quite a popular entity among the media due to his appearance which thoroughly neglects a normal country club look. His rough and rugged personal life also has been quite a talk of the town in all the years that he has been a public figure. His most famous feat is his dramatic shift from ‘zero to hero’ gig in the 1991 PGA championship. His triumph over Costantino Rocca in the 1995 open championship earned him the tag of a ‘dark horse’. However, after 2006, Daly’s performance kept fluctuating and his career kept going downwards. It reached a point that he started being in the news mostly due to his endorsements and business ventures, which eventually became his primary source of income. Daly also tried his hand in clothing business, released two music albums and owns a golf course design firm. He still remains the only player from either USA or Europe to secure wins in two big league golf tournaments without even participating in the Ryder Cup.
Childhood & Early Life
John Patrick Daly was born in Carmichael, California on 28th April 1966 to Jim and Lou. John was their third and youngest kid after a daughter, Leslie, and a son, Jamie.
John’s father, Jim, was not present for the most part of growing up years of his children. He worked at nuclear power plants and kept roaming around to places, sometimes for weeks and months. The children missed their father and without a suitable guidance, went all out and did their own things.
When he was 4 years old, John discovered his fascination with the sport of golf, after his father gifted him two cut-off golf clubs, which was mostly out of the guilt to never be able to be with him much. John dwelled himself in the sport and started practising out for fun and eventually got addicted to it.
Due to father’s extremely hectic schedule, the family kept moving to different places and once when they settled in Arkansas, John’s interest in golf grew as a fully blown passion. He started messing with his golf clubs at a local ‘nine hole layout’ and became fascinated with the sport spending hours and hours learning the tricks of the game.
As a youngster, John also liked football and baseball and played for his school team. But it never satisfied him and his love for golf persisted over all the years while he was in school.
John also had a brief stint with alcohol at a very young age, which kept haunting him in his adult years as well. He drank beer the first time while he was 8 years old and has mentioned in several interviews that he liked it so much that he started sneaking in and drinking his parent’s homemade wine.
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Daly initiated his professional golf career as an amateur in the US Open and performed poorly to everybody’s expectations. He turned a professional by the next year and ended up securing a decent victory in 1987 in Missouri Open. In 1990, he won Ben Hugan Utah Classic and exhibited great skill and talent which caught the public eye.
In 1991, it was the PGA championship which gave him the stardom he deserved. His aggressive style of hooks and swings earned him an exuberant media attention and as he ended winning the tournament despite being a newbie, and developed a cult like following among the sport fans.
His winning streak continued between 1992 and 1994, but that was the time he started indulging more and more into alcohol, which eventually became the biggest talking point about him than his game. In 1994, he was suspended by the PGA tour for incessantly walking out of the course in an ongoing tournament, which eventually forced him to take his alcoholism seriously and he admitted himself into a rehab.
Daly ended up gaining his second major at the British Open in 1995 but his alcoholism and personal life kept dragging him down and his career halted, to utter disappointment of his fans and colleagues. During those years, his game was severely affected due to weight and drinking problems, which also wreaked havoc in his personal life.
He made a strong comeback in 2004 with a win in the Buick Invitational game and got selected as the ‘PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year’. He reached top 4 in the statistical golf rankings in that year, but didn’t win any other tournament for a long until 2014, when he emerged winner in Beko Classic by one shot.
Daly partnered up with Loudmouth Golf line of apparels and it became so successful that it was hard to meet the excess demand.
Daly also owns a company called ‘JD Designs’ that designs golf courses and has designed several golf courses across USA, Canada and Europe, making it one of the most important companies in the sector.
In 2014, John Daly signed an endorsement deal with Rock Bottom Golf, a popular discount golf retailer.
Sometime later, Daly also came up with a wine label named John Daly Wines, but it was unsuccessful and he had to shut it down soon afterwards.
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Daly has also been the face of a video game for Oxygen Games with the release of their game ‘John Daly’s Prostroke Golf’ which features Daly as an instructor as well as a player. The game featured several golf courses modelled on the real ones across the world and was a huge hit among the golf enthusiasts.
John Daly has also tried his hand in music. He debuted with providing backup vocals for Kid Rock’s song ‘Half Your Age’. In 2010, Daly came up with his studio album ‘I only know one Way’ and wrote and sung eight tracks in the album. Some big names from the music industry appreciated the effort and featured in different songs in the album.
John Daly has struggled all his life from alcohol addiction and faced severe consequences due to his drunken behaviour. Daly has managed to successfully control his urges since then and while talking about his long struggle with the addiction, he said that it was mostly due to his father, who was an alcoholic and an abuser.
In 2009, Daly’s weight became a big concern for him so much so that he had to undergo a Lip-band surgery in order to keep off the extra fat. He started eating healthy and limited his alcohol intake, which ended up having him lose more than 100 pounds.
He has had a pretty unsuccessful life when it comes to relationships. He has married four times, and neither of them worked. Most of his marriage breakups were the results of alleged violent behaviour he was infamous for and his alcohol addiction.
John Daly was imprisoned following an incident which occurred in 2008.
His career earning from golf is about USD 10 million, which is way underwhelming from a popular golfer’s standards. He has mentioned that he lost most of his fortune in gambling.
Daly once donated USD 30,000 to a family in need, and that was when he himself was in debt.
Daly once lost USD 1.65 million in gambling.
he was once thrown out of a flight after drunkenly harassing a British flight attendant.
As of April, 2017, John Daly’s estimated net worth stands at about USD 20 Million. Most of it comes from his music sales, endorsements and other business ventures.