Daly trouble

mulligan, 03 May 2006, Comments Off on Daly trouble
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John Daly’s new book “My Life in and out of the Rough” is not even out yet, but already PGA Commish Tim Finchem has called JD in for a “talk.” The reason: the book apparently is filled with JD’s escapades, including his battles with alcohol and gambling addiction. As AP’s Doug Ferguson describes it, “He said he has lost between $50 million and $60 million during 12 years of heavy gambling, and owed $4 million to casinos until he won the 1995 British Open, which enabled him to pay off the debt. Daly says Callaway Golf took care of a $1.7 million gambling debt when he signed an endorsement deal in 1997, after his second stint in alcohol rehab.”

One shocking revelation: “Daly says he lost $1.65 million in five hours — mostly on a $5,000 slot machine — after losing in a playoff against Tiger Woods at a World Golf Championship last year in San Francisco.”

I’m a huge JD fan, but this has altered my view of him somewhat. If what JD says in his book is true, then there’s something a little unsettling about selling a book with these reported sensational accounts. Are the stories all 100% fact, or a little fiction to make more sales? And either way, what’s to stop JD from using the money he makes from the book to go gambling again?


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