2006 Rough For Daly—2007 Not Looking Better

It’s been a rough year for John Daly, as he has battled through physical injuries and has recently filed for divorce from his fourth wife four months after she finished serving time on federal charges involving an illegal gambling operation and a drug ring.

2007 is not shaping up to be any better. Finishing 193 on the money list, he will be without full playing privileges for the first time since 1991. That means he’ll have to rely on sponsors exemptions to have any chance of making it back on tour. I can’t imagine him going through Q school.

I have a lot of sympathy for Daly—probably because I know a guy who is a lot like him who has had similar run of bad judgment and bad luck. My friend is a large, friendly, somewhat naive, salt-of-the-earth kind of guy. He’s got a heart of gold that has led him to become the victim of several rather evil women. And he has suffered through a list of medical problems that you wouldn’t wish on your enemies. He doesn’t have Daly’s gambling addiction, or self destrictive tendencies, but my buddy makes me realize that there are some really good people for whom things just don’t ever seem to work out.

I imagine that Daly is a lot like that. He probably had the best of intentions when marrying his first wife—and his second—and his third—and his fourth. I’m sure he was completely unprepared for the fame and riches that were thrown at him following his bolt-out-of-the-blue victory at the 1991 PGA. His various addictions probably took him somewhat by surprise. And no one can plan for injuries which pop up at exactly the wrong time.

I hope that—for both my friend and for Daly—things finally settle down and the next year is better than the last few.

2 thoughts on “2006 Rough For Daly—2007 Not Looking Better”

  1. I would be very surprised if Daly can’t get the needed sponsors exemptions.  While he isn’t coming in too much higher than Michelle before the Friday cuts, it isn’t beyond the realm of belief that he could place top ten, or even win a tourney next year.  It was just last year that he was in a playoff with Tiger. 

    This year was a mess for him, but he still has what appears to be a good relationship with Winn and Dunlap, and TaylorMade knew who they were signing on with as well.

    Hopefully 2007 without the distraction of having a wife in jail and then a marriage breaking apart, he can focus enough to get that card back.  I will be rooting for him every tourney.

    He also does get to play in every tourney he has won in the past without a sponsor’s excemption, doesn’t he?


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