Various news sources are reporting that John Daly is threatening to join the European Tour.
“I’m probably going to play seven or eight more tournaments in the States and maybe six or seven over here,” said Daly, who hopes to return for the Wales Open in three weeks. “I’ll make a decision at the end of the year. I enjoy playing in Europe and I wouldn’t rule out joining the European Tour”
That’s just what we need: someone to reinforce the European stereotype of the “ugly American.” He’s bound to be a hit over there, in the same fashion as David Hasselhof and Jerry Lewis.
On a slightly different note it appears that Daly is out of sponsors. Former swing coach Butch Harmon recently said:
“John Daly called me on Thursday and said he had lost all of his endorsement contracts because of me and my statements and asked if I could print a retraction. I said,‘John, you lost your contracts because of you and not anyone else….you need to quit blaming everyone else….I wish you well and I hope you play well.”
Daly himself seems to confirm that:
“After what Butch said…my marketability went right down. I told him ‘you cost me quite a bit of money through the stuff that you said, I wish you would have called me then you could have got the facts straight.’”
He also appears to be in trouble with the Tour over the half-naked video he shot
“There are certain things about presentation that we must insist on,” Finchem said. “There are certain things about presentation that are not going to be tolerated. I think that the world changes and you make adjustments, but I think perhaps we need to be more direct in our comments to players about specific do’s and don’ts, and increase focus in that area to make sure that we have a level of professionalism going forward that we’re comfortable with.”.