I recently read a blog post basically stating that following around a has-been like John Daly, who isn’t the most perfect role model for the sport, is not what golf needs right now. I have to completely disagree with that blogger. I on the other hand think it’s exactly what golf needs.
John Daly is golf’s preeminent every man, which is why most people relate to him and why he is so appealing. Back in 1991 the chain smoking, big swinging Daly burst on to the scene out of nowhere by playing and WINNING the PGA Championship as an alternate. Ever since then his weight and his career have been a roller coaster ride. But through it all fans have seemed to continually support and cheer him on.
Because of golf’s latest hit with Tiger Woods and his “transgressions” it was argued that highlighting someone like Daly may not be in the Golf Channel’s best interest. From the teasers of the show it seems to me that it shows a Daly who is working hard at becoming a better man and hustling to make a living. Albeit, he’s doing so because he’s gambled away pretty much all of his fortune. But still, this is what I think people really want to see. A Daly flying coach instead of first class or better yet a chartered jet. That’s life for the majority of the pros out there and I find that much more interesting than watching the Phil Mickelsons and Ernie Els of the world sipping champagne while being flown around in their own private jets.
In a way, it’s not that all unlike Mickey Rourke’s character, Randy “The Ram” Robinson, from the movie “The Wrestler”. A guy trying to hold on to that bit of glory he once had and not wanting to let go of the thing he loves to do. I know it’s a bit of a stretch, but you have to agree there are some parallels!
I’ve read and heard the statement from countless people that it’s “almost impossible to not root for John Daly”, and I certainly have to agree. Come March 2nd when “Being John Daly” airs on the Golf Channel, I know I’ll be tuning in. I just hope Not-So-Big John has made some cuts and earned some dough by then!WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?