Daly Says He Played Better When Drunk

John Daly said in an interview lately that he played better when he was a drunk. From the Charlotte Observer:

It’s been two years, Daly said, since he’s had a drink. He said he’s worked hard on his game despite lingering effects of two broken ribs and a separated shoulder suffered when he tried to stop his swing when a camera clicked in 2007.

“I’ve done everything right and haven’t played worth a” darn, Daly said. “It’s unbelievable. I’m giving myself the chance to play good. It seems the more I work, the worse I get.”


Signing copies of his book, “My Life In And Out Of The Rough,” with a silver pen, Daly was asked what he’s learned about himself through the years.

“That I was happy when I was a miserable drunk. I played better when I was drunk,” he said.

If we assume he had a drinking problem when he won his two majors—and that he’s been on the wagon for two years, then Daly is as usual telling the truth.

Sad. All that talent, wasted.


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3 thoughts on “Daly Says He Played Better When Drunk”

  1. More sad is that it sounds like he is attributing it to being drunk.  More likely he played better then despite being drunk.  The drinking might have settled his nerves, but as for the overall skill, I can’t see where the drinking could have helped. 

    As much as I pull for Daly, the fact is that he played better, as all players do, when he was younger.  Not just that, but his body changed dramatically over the last two years.  I hope and pray for him that he does not give back into his alcoholism – and also that he continues to play- people still love him, and he did play better this year than in the past two – made more cuts, put in some good rounds.  At 44 and in his shape, expecting him to win is a lot, but playing through to Sunday and finishing top 25 should be his goal.

  2. I am with ya! I like John, and am pulling for him. His Golf Channel show was good I thought. I think there is a tone going on in his head that we have no clue about. Either way, I’d love to see him in the hunt on Sunday.



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