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Old 06-12-2007, 10:38 PM
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Pity, he could have been really good the way he started and became a fan's favorite.

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John Dalyís career on the PGA Tour appears to be hitting a dead end, and the rest of his life isnít far behind. Or is it the other way around?

You read the latest story. This time, Daly alleges his wife, Sherrie, tried to stab him with a steak knife, bringing new meaning to grip it and rip it. Sherrie, meanwhile, claims Daly sexually assaulted her after a night of binge drinking and scratched his face to make it appear that he had been attacked.

Daly is seeking a restraining order against his wife, who served time in 2006 for her role in a drug-and-gambling ring, and his wife is seeking a restraining order against him. Hey, at least they can say they still have something in common.

This is where youíre supposed to snicker, shrug your shoulders and say something along the lines of, ĎĎAw, thatís just J.D. being J.D. As long as heís on the tee box in the morning, everything will be OK.íí

Thatís the problem with Daly -- weíre the problem with Daly. Weíre more addicted to him than heís addicted to booze and cigarettes. We want his horror story to have a happy ending. We, his fans, the powers that be on the PGA Tour, and the courts keep enabling him, and he keeps spinning out of control.

Those of us who donít live in gated communities or fly in private jets canít help but like Daly. Heís the real-life version of 'Tin Cup.' Heís anti-establishment in a sport thatís all about the establishment. He doesnít swing like the other players, look like the other players, or travel like the other players. Trouble is, he doesnít act like them, either.

Itís one thing to have a cigarette on the practice tee and a couple of brewskis in the clubhouse. Itís another thing to smoke four packs a day, guzzle down a fifth of whiskey and do stupid human tricks. Itís one thing to sing about train wrecks and heartaches, as Daly does with his garage band. Itís another thing to live out those songs every day of your life.

Itís one thing to put on a few pounds. Itís another thing to gain a third grader after years of mainlining M&Ms. Itís one thing to get frustrated on the course. Itís another thing to throw clubs, putt your ball as itís moving or punch somebody in the parking lot after storming off the course.

Sorry, but havenít we seen enough of Dalyís act? The time has come to tell it like it is. He isnít a great golfer who happens to have some addictions. Heís an addict who happens to be a great golfer. For all the anguish it has caused, watching his career and life unravel has been more predictable than painful.

Only time will tell whether the train will stop short of a crash. But time already has seen to one thing. It has slowly eroded Dalyís once-amazing abilities to the point where he often needs sponsorsí excemptions to play. He has teed it up 12 times this season, finishing 22nd, 28th, 36th and 79th, with three withdrawals and five missed cuts.
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I still like 'em. Workin man's pro
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:03 PM
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It's a shame wasting all that talent, I hope the guy gets it together
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:24 PM
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So Menzies, just a real question. Why did you post this? Are you a JD fan?, or not? Is there a message to be sent? Are you a golfer? Just curious, because I am. and I am not particularly a JD fan. But my brother is, and his son got to meet him at an event about 2 months ago. They both said that he was very nice and great with all the kids. That's all.
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Old 06-13-2007, 06:09 AM
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Menzies - 6/12/2007 10:38 PM

Pity, he could have been really good the way he started and became a fan's favorite.

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John Dalyís career on the PGA Tour appears to be hitting a dead end, and the rest of his life isnít far behind. Or is it the other way around?

You read the latest story. This time, Daly alleges his wife, Sherrie, tried to stab him with a steak knife, bringing new meaning to grip it and rip it. Sherrie, meanwhile, claims Daly sexually assaulted her after a night of binge drinking and scratched his face to make it appear that he had been attacked.

Daly is seeking a restraining order against his wife, who served time in 2006 for her role in a drug-and-gambling ring, and his wife is seeking a restraining order against him. Hey, at least they can say they still have something in common.

This is where youíre supposed to snicker, shrug your shoulders and say something along the lines of, ĎĎAw, thatís just J.D. being J.D. As long as heís on the tee box in the morning, everything will be OK.íí

Thatís the problem with Daly -- weíre the problem with Daly. Weíre more addicted to him than heís addicted to booze and cigarettes. We want his horror story to have a happy ending. We, his fans, the powers that be on the PGA Tour, and the courts keep enabling him, and he keeps spinning out of control.

Those of us who donít live in gated communities or fly in private jets canít help but like Daly. Heís the real-life version of 'Tin Cup.' Heís anti-establishment in a sport thatís all about the establishment. He doesnít swing like the other players, look like the other players, or travel like the other players. Trouble is, he doesnít act like them, either.

Itís one thing to have a cigarette on the practice tee and a couple of brewskis in the clubhouse. Itís another thing to smoke four packs a day, guzzle down a fifth of whiskey and do stupid human tricks. Itís one thing to sing about train wrecks and heartaches, as Daly does with his garage band. Itís another thing to live out those songs every day of your life.

Itís one thing to put on a few pounds. Itís another thing to gain a third grader after years of mainlining M&Ms. Itís one thing to get frustrated on the course. Itís another thing to throw clubs, putt your ball as itís moving or punch somebody in the parking lot after storming off the course.

Sorry, but havenít we seen enough of Dalyís act? The time has come to tell it like it is. He isnít a great golfer who happens to have some addictions. Heís an addict who happens to be a great golfer. For all the anguish it has caused, watching his career and life unravel has been more predictable than painful.

Only time will tell whether the train will stop short of a crash. But time already has seen to one thing. It has slowly eroded Dalyís once-amazing abilities to the point where he often needs sponsorsí excemptions to play. He has teed it up 12 times this season, finishing 22nd, 28th, 36th and 79th, with three withdrawals and five missed cuts.
If you happen'd to have the misfortune of picking a woman like his, you might be the same way.
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Old 06-13-2007, 06:26 AM
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It's a shame that he still struggles to get his life together. We all have issues to deal with - his misfortune is that he's in a public-eye role which I'm sure further complicates things. While I don't condone some of his frequent extracurricular activities/antics, I do recognize that he's battling a dsease and hope for the best. I've always liked him (TrollinHeel said it best - he's a workin' man's pro) and have had the pleasure to see him play once. Great guy, one with the fans, and hard to tell him apart from my regular golfing buddies at times (except for the sonic-boom drives).
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Old 06-13-2007, 06:52 AM
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I admit is playing career is near and end but there is always the champions tour and we still love to see him on the course.

He will be fine and he is "one of us" in that world which is why so many people like him.

Would be nice to see him get through this an win
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Old 06-13-2007, 07:04 AM
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As a 2x major champion I think he is lifetime exempt on the senior tour. You have to wonder how bad things have to get before he looks himself in the mirror and says "enough".
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Old 06-13-2007, 07:11 AM
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Well said DR Jim I just hope he does it before it's to late.
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Old 06-13-2007, 07:14 AM
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If I was 28th, 28th, 36th, or 39th in anything in the world, out of the best in the world, I'd be thrilled.

John does have his problems - who doesn't. His surely are a bit more dramatic - and under a magnifying glass of a press that worships heros but also can't wait for them to fall. He's a functioning alcoholic - how many here are?

He is great with the fans, and the fact that he can put aside his misery and function at the level he does on the golf course is amazing. Fans and sponsors love him. I wish him the best.

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I am lucky enough to work gallery control in Greensboro almost every year and with out a doubt he has the largest crowd around him whether he tees off at 7:30 am or 12:30 pm. He will often have as many folks around him when he tees off early Saturday or Sunday as the leaders do later in the day.
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Old 06-13-2007, 08:43 AM
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And we should hold him to a higher standard than the NBA why?
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Old 06-18-2007, 02:09 PM
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DrJim - 6/13/2007 7:04 AM

As a 2x major champion I think he is lifetime exempt on the senior tour. You have to wonder how bad things have to get before he looks himself in the mirror and says "enough".
Enough with his crazy liefstyle or enough with golf?

Can't see him selling timeshares, can you?
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