Golf Talk Live - John Daly Transcript Segment 1
JOHN DALY'S LIFE IS LITTLE LIKE HIS GOLF GAME, UNPREDICTABLE WITH MOMENTS OF MAJOR BRILLIANCE, AND WORKING BEST WHEN JOHN STAYS OUT OF HIS OWN CONSIDERABLE WAY.
MEET JOHN DALY NOW ON GOLF TALK LIVE.
IF JOHN DALY WAS AN AVERAGE TALENT WITH MODEST EXPECTATIONS OF SUCCESS, WE MIGHT NOT BE SO FASCINATED BY THE DETAILS OF HIS LIFE.
BUT JOHN DALY IS A MAJOR TALENT CAPABLE OF PRODUCING BREATHTAKING GOLF IN CRITICAL SITUATIONS.
WE HAD NEVER HEARD OF HIM WHEN, AS THE 9TH ALTERNATE, HE DROVE ALL NIGHT TO ENTER THE FIELD IN THE 1991 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP AT CROOKED STICK.
AND HE WON WITH SQUEAKY MEDLEN ON THE BAG. SQUEAKY SAID 'KILL' AND BIG JOHN WOULD SMOKE ANOTHER DRIVE 300 YARDS DOWN THE FAIRWAY, HIT A SHORT IRON TO THE GREEN, AND RACK UP ANOTHER BIRDIE.
FAILURE IS NEVER FUN AND SUDDEN SUCCESS CAN BE JUST AS FRIGHTENING IF YOU HAVEN'T PREPARED FOR ITS CONSEQUENCES.
AND JOHN DALY FOUND THE CONSEQUENCES OF FAME DEMANDING. HIS DRINKING WAS SCRUTINIZED AND CRITICIZED, HIS RELATIONSHIPS PSYCHOANALYZED,
HIS COURSE MANAGEMENT SECOND GUESSED. AND HIS COMPULSIVE EATING AND GAMBLING MADE THE MORNING HEADLINES.
JOHN DALY TRUSTS JOHN DALY. AND HE LISTENS TO HIS INNER VOICE. HE HIT DRIVERS IN THE '95 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT ST. ANDREWS, AND HE HIT IT PAST THE TROUBLE,
THEN RELIED ON HIS UNDER-APPRECIATED SHORT GAME TO MAKE 3'S AND 4'S, AND ULTIMATELY PREVAILED IN A PLAYOFF FOR HIS SECOND MAJOR .
THE SAME NUMBER AS CURTIS STRANGE AND GREG NORMAN AND BEN CRENSHAW.
JOHN DALY IS LIVING HIS LIFE AS HE SEES FIT, LISTENING TO THE MUSIC IN HIS HEAD, AND GOING WHERE IT FEELS RIGHT TO GO BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT MAKES HIM HAPPY.
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO MAJOR CHAMPION, JOHN DALY. GREAT TO SEE YOU BIG JOHN.
YOU TOO, PETER. IT'S BEEN A WHILE.
IT'S BEEN TOO LONG.
I'VE BEEN MEANING TO ASK YOU, ARE YOU A REBEL WITH OR WITHOUT A CAUSE?
(CHUCKLE) PROBABLY BOTH. (CHUCKLE).
I DO SOME CRAZY THINGS AS IT'S BEEN PRETTY MUCH UH NOTARIZED PRETTY GOOD. BUT YOU KNOW UH, I GUESS SOMETIMES I'M A REBEL AND SOMETIMES I'M NOT. YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW. UM .
BUT UH, THE THING IS I'M STARTING TO HAVE FUN WITH MY LIFE AND TO ME, THAT'S IMPORTANT. MY GOLF GAME HASN'T COME AROUND BUT UH, YEAH, I THINK IT WILL.
I THINK - I REALLY THINK IT WILL. AND UH, JUST KEEP WORKING HARD AT IT, AND UM, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING GOOD IS GONNA HAPPEN, I FEEL IT.
YOU MUST HAVE BEEN SOME CHARMING STUDENT IN GRADE SCHOOL, HUH?
(CHUCKLE) UH, I WASN'T MUCH OF A CHARMING STUDENT ANYWHERE I WENT. BUT UH, I GOT THROUGH IT ANYWAY. (CHUCKLE)
I'M WATCHING THE GOLF TOURNAMENT YESTERDAY, AND I CHECK EARLY TO SEE HOW YOU'RE PLAYING, 'CAUSE YOU WENT OFF EARLIER THAN YOU WOULD LIKE TO ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON, AND I SEE 7-OVER AFTER 11,
10-OVER AFTER 14, 87. AND I'M THINKING, WHY IS HE SHOOTING 87 INSTEAD OF 67, AND MAKING A GOOD CHECK IF YOU SHOOT 67? ARE YOU JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS OR ARE YOU REALLY TRYING TO PLAY SOME JOHN DALY CLASS GOLF?
WELL, I GOT INTO A - UH, JUST SOMETHING THAT I DON'T KNOW IF A LOT OF PLAYERS HAVE GONE THROUGH THAT HAPPENED TO ME AT UH THE DUTCH OPEN ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO.
I'D SIT UP THERE AND I'D TRY TO HIT A DRAW, AND THEN I'D JUST BLOCK IT DEAD RIGHT. OR I'D DO THE OPPOSITE, I'D TRY AND HIT A FADE AND PULL HOOK IT.
AND IT JUST HAPPENED CONSTANTLY UH YESTERDAY. AND UM, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN THERE BEFORE SO I - I COULD, YOU KNOW, EXPECT NOTHING GOOD WAS GONNA HAPPEN YESTERDAY.
SO TOWARDS THE END OF THE ROUND I JUST SAID, 'WELL, JUST TRY AND WORK ON SOMETHING, GET SOMETHING OUT OF THE ROUND.' I SAID, 'YOU KNOW, THE PUTTING'S . WASN'T PUTTING VERY GOOD THE WHOLE WEEK. AND UM,
SO DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE PUTTER. LET'S JUST WORK ON TRYING TO HIT SOME LOW SHOTS, SOME HIGH SHOTS.' AND ON THE BACK NINE, I HIT SOME GOOD SHOTS. YOU KNOW, LIKE ON 16, I HIT A 5-IRON IN THERE.
I HAD THAT - HAD LIKE 210 TO THE FLAG. I HIT IT REALLY GOOD. I'M SITTING THERE POSING ON A 5-IRON. IT ENDS UP IN THE WATER.
YOU KNOW, AND EVERY TIME I THOUGHT I'D HIT A DECENT SHOT, IT TURNED OUT WORSE THAN A BAD SHOT SOMETIMES. AND UH,
YOU KNOW, I THINK EVERY PLAYER'S GONE THROUGH IT. I HATE DOING IT AT ARNIE'S TOURNAMENT. BUT, YOU KNOW, IT BEATS WALKING OFF THE COURSE LIKE I HAVE DONE IN THE PAST. AND .
AND IT SHOWS A LOT TO MYSELF THAT HEY, I SHOT 87. I SIGNED MY SCORECARD. THAT'S WHAT I SHOT. NOW LET'S JUST MOVE ON TO THE PLAYERS.
ARE YOU MORE COMFORTABLE AND LESS TROUBLED ON THE GOLF COURSE THAN YOU WERE OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, SAY? IS IT BETTER NOW FOR JOHN DALY TO BE PLAYING GOLF?
YEAH, 'CAUSE I EXPECT . YOU KNOW, I DON'T HAVE TO REALLY . I LOOK AT MYSELF AND SAY 'OKAY, THE ONLY PERSON YOU HAVE TO PROVE IS YOURSELF.'
YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T UM . I SAY THIS IN A - IN A POSITIVE WAY, I DON'T MEAN TO BE MEAN, BUT I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PEOPLE TELLING ME HOW TO LIVE MY LIFE OR WHAT I NEED TO DO. UM .
AND I FELT THAT WAY. I FELT LIKE I WAS JUST VERY TRAPPED THE LAST 4 OR 5 YEARS OF MY LIFE. AND UM, THAT'S THE REASON I TOOK ON A - A CHALLENGE TO JUST GO PLAY ANY CLUBS I WANT TO THIS YEAR,
BASICALLY NOT SIGN A DEAL BECAUSE THERE'S SO MANY THINGS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN A CONTRACT THAT I REALLY DON'T WANT TO DEAL WITH RIGHT NOW.
AND I JUST WANTED TO GO OUT THIS YEAR, PLAY GOLF, WORK ON MY GAME AND - AND KIND OF JUST TRY AND HAVE SOME FUN,
YOU KNOW. WHEN YOU SHOOT 87, IT'S NOT FUN. THERE'S NOT GONNA BE ANY SMILES ON MY FACE. BUT UH, YOU KNOW, THE GREATEST THING FOR ME IS I HAVE A - STILL HAVE A 5 YEAR EXEMPTION AFTER THIS.
AND UM, IT'S NOT LIKE I'M WORRIED ABOUT KEEPING MY CARD. BUT I AM WORRIED ABOUT, YOU KNOW, I'M 33 YEARS OLD AND - AND YOU KNOW, WHEN AM I GONNA PEAK, YOU KNOW?
UM, SO THERE'S - THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD THINGS GOING ON IN MY LIFE THAT . I'M HAPPY OFF THE GOLF COURSE. UM, I'M STARTING TO GET SOMEWHAT HAPPY ON THE GOLF COURSE.
AND YOU KNOW, I'M A COMPETITOR. IF I'M PLAYING GOOD, I'M THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD. IF I'M PLAYING BAD, YOU'RE GONNA KNOW, (CHUCKLE) I MEAN, JUST THE WAY I AM.
NOW THAT YOU'RE YOUR OWN BOSS AND MAKING DECISIONS FOR YOU AND NOT REALLY ANSWERING TO ANYBODY BY VIRTUE OF CONTRACT, ARE YOU ABLE TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS WITHOUT A LITTLE HELP FROM ALCOHOL?
ARE YOU ABLE TO SIT THERE STRAIGHT AND FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU OUGHT TO BE DOING WITH YOURSELF?
YEAH, I MEAN, NOTHING I DO NOW, I MEAN . YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST SO FUNNY THE THINGS THAT I'VE LEARNED UH WHEN I WAS IN MY LAST REHAB AT BETTY FORD.
I LEARNED ABOUT THE PROGRAM. I LEARNED EVERYTHING THAT - THAT I WANTED TO LEARN. AND UM, THE - THE GOOD KEY IS WHEN I STARTED DRINKING AGAIN, I DIDN'T GO BACK TO THE OLD ROUTINE OF THE WHISKIES AND . AND I'M NOT DRINKING NEAR AS MUCH AS I USED TO.
I DON'T - I DON'T GO OUT. I MEAN, PEOPLE THINK I'M GOING OUT EVERY NIGHT GETTING DRUNK. THAT'S NOT THE CASE. UH, I STAYED WITH FUZZY AT BAYHILL THIS WEEK - UH, LAST WEEK, I MEAN.
AND I THINK I MIGHT HAVE HAD A TOTAL OF 9 BEERS FOR THE WHOLE WEEK I WAS THERE. AND IT'S COMFORTING FOR ME TO KNOW THAT I'M NOT THINKING ABOUT ALCOHOL AS . ABUSING IT LIKE I USED TO.
UM, A LOT OF MY FRIENDS AT HOME, YOU KNOW, UH MY FAMILY, MY MOM AND DAD, MY BROTHER, AND A LOT OF GOOD FRIENDS, KEN HALLIMAN (SPELLING???), STUFF AT HOME, THEY SAY,
'YOU DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM. YOU KNOW, YOU JUST USED TO DRINK TO SOLVE PROBLEMS AND THAT'S NOT THE WAY TO DO IT.' AND THEY SAID, 'YOU JUST NEEDED TIME. YOU JUST . YOU'RE . YOU'RE A LATE BLOOMER. YOU'RE A LATE MATURER.'
AND I AM. AND I STILL THINK UH, THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT I NEED TO GET MORE MATURE AT. I MEAN, IT'S JUST THE WAY - IT'S JUST THE WAY I AM. AND UH,
YOU KNOW, I TRY AND MAKE DECISIONS . TAKE A LITTLE MORE TIME AT MAKING DECISIONS INSTEAD OF IRRATIONALLY MAKING THEM.
WHO ARE YOU TURNING TO FOR ADVICE NOW? WHO DO YOU GO TO THAT YOU TRUST?
WELL, I HAVE UH, 2 REALLY GOOD FRIENDS THAT UM . YOU KNOW, BRIAN'S ALWAYS ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS. HE CADDIES FOR ME. UH, HE'S ALWAYS THERE WHEN I NEED HIM.
AND MARK CHAMBERLAIN AND RONNY MCCAHAN, WHO - I'VE KNOWN RONNY MCCAHAN FOR 15 YEARS. WE PLAYED THE MINI-TOURS IN SOUTH AFRICA TOGETHER. AND I KNOW WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE LION LOGO AND EVERYTHING,
BUT THEY'RE THE 2 GUYS, THE BACKBONE OF MY NEW COMPANY. AND UH, RONNY'S SORT OF MY TEACHER NOW AS WELL. AND UM, HE KNOWS MY GAME. UM, HE'S GOT A GREAT EYE AND HE'S GOT A GREAT GAME. SO UM,
IT'S JUST, YOU KNOW, STARTING KIND OF A NEW FAMILY AND - AND HAVING SOME FUN.
WE WILL PICK UP ON THAT AS SOON AS WE COME BACK WITH JOHN DALY. DON'T GO AWAY.
McIlroy making big statement in first start of 2018
Rory McIlroy marched the fairways of Abu Dhabi Golf Club Saturday with that fighter pilot stride of his, with that confident little bob in his step that you see when he is in command of his full arsenal of shots.
So much for easing into the new year.
So much for working off rust and treating these first few months of 2018 as a warmup for the Masters and his bid to complete the career Grand Slam.
McIlroy, 28, is poised to announce his return to golf in spectacular fashion Sunday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
With back-to-back birdies to close his round, McIlroy put up a 7-under-par 65, leaving him just one shot off the lead going into the final round.
“It’s good,” McIlroy said. “I probably scored a bit better today, short game was needed as well, but I hit the ball very well, so all in all it was another great round and confidence builder, not just for this week but obviously for the rest of the season as well.”
McIlroy can make a strong statement with a win Sunday.
If he claims the title in his first start of the year, he sends a message about leaving all the woes of 2017 behind him. He sends a message about his fitness after a nagging rib injury plagued him all of last year. He sends a message about his readiness to reassert himself as the game’s best player in a world suddenly teeming with towering young talent.
After his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro, McIlroy is eager to show himself, as well as everyone else, that he is ready to challenge for major championships and the world No. 1 title again.
“It feels like awhile since I’ve won,” McIlroy said. “I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”
A victory would be all the more meaningful because the week started with McIlroy paired with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and reigning European Tour Player of the Year Tommy Fleetwood.
McIlroy acknowledged the meaning of that going into Saturday’s round.
“That proves I’m back to full fitness and 100 percent healthy,” he said. “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now and one of, if not the best, drivers of the golf ball, and to be up there with him over the first two days proves to me I’m doing the right things and gives me confidence.”
It’s worth repeating what 2008 Masters champ Trevor Immelman said last month about pairings and the alpha-dog nature of the world’s best players. He was talking about Tiger Woods’ return at the Hero World Challenge, when Immelman said pairings matter, even in off season events.
“When you are the elite level, you are always trying to send a message,” Immelman said. “They want to show this guy, `This is what I got.’”
A victory with Johnson in the field just two weeks after Johnson won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in an eight-shot rout will get the attention of all the elite players.
A victory also sets this up as a January for the ages, making it the kind of big-bang start the game has struggled to create in the shadow of the NFL playoffs.
Johnson put on a tour-de-force performance winning in Hawaii and the confident young Spaniard Jon Rahm is just a shot off the lead this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour. Sergio Garcia is just two off the lead going into the final round of the Singapore Open. Tiger Woods makes his return to the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines next week.
To be sure, McIlroy has a lot of work to do Sunday.
Yet another rising young talent, Thomas Pieters, shares the lead with Ross Fisher. Fleetwood is just two shots back and Johnson five back.
McIlroy has such a good history at Abu Dhabi. Over the last seven years, he has finished second four times and third twice. Still, even a strong finish that falls short of winning bodes well for McIlroy in his first start of the year.
“I have never won my first start back out,” McIlroy said.
A strong start, whether he wins or not, sets McIlroy up well for the ambitious schedule he plans for 2018. He’s also scheduled to play the Dubai Desert Classic next with the possibility he’ll play 30 times this year, two more events than he’s ever played in a year.
“I’m just really getting my golf head back on,” McIlroy said. “I’ve been really pleased with that.”
A victory Sunday will make all our heads spin a little b it with the exciting possibilities the game offers this year.
Garcia 2 back in weather-delayed Singapore Open
SINGAPORE - Danthai Boonma and Chapchai Nirat built a two-stroke lead over a chasing pack that includes Sergio Garcia and Ryo Ishikawa midway through the third round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open on Saturday.
The Thai golfers were locked together at 9 under when play was suspended at the Sentosa Golf Club for the third day in a row because of lightning strikes in the area.
Masters champion Garcia and former teen prodigy Ishikawa were among seven players leading the chase at 7 under on a heavily congested leaderboard.
Garcia, one of 78 players who returned to the course just after dawn to complete their second rounds, was on the 10th hole of his third round when the warning siren was sounded to abruptly end play for the day.
''Let's see if we can finish the round, that will be nice,'' he said. ''But I think if I can play 4-under I should have a chance.''
The Spanish golfer credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his first major championship title at Augusta National because of the stifling humidity of southeast Asia and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament.
Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore in 2017, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the subsequent week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later. He is feeling confident of his chances of success this weekend.
''I felt like I hit the ball OK,'' Garcia said. ''My putting and all went great but my speed hasn't been great on this green so let's see if I can be a little more aggressive on the rounds this weekend.''
Ishikawa moved into a share of the lead at the halfway stage after firing a second round of 5-under 66 that featured eight birdies. He birdied the first two holes of his third round to grab the outright lead but slipped back with a double-bogey at the tricky third hole for the third day in a row. He dropped another shot at the par-5 sixth when he drove into a fairway bunker.
''It was a short night but I had a good sleep and just putted well,'' Ishikawa said. The ''greens are a little quicker than yesterday but I still figured (out) that speed.
Ishikawa was thrust into the spotlight more than a decade ago. In 2007, he became the youngest player to win on any of the major tours in the world. He was a 15-year-old amateur when he won the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup.
He turned pro at 16, first played in the Masters when he was 17 and the Presidents Cup when he was 18. He shot 58 in the final round to win The Crowns in Japan when he was 19.
Now 26, Ishikawa has struggled with injuries and form in recent years. He lost his PGA Tour card and hasn't played in any of the majors since 2015. He has won 15 times as a professional, but has never won outside his homeland of Japan.
Chapchai was able to sleep in and put his feet up on Saturday morning after he completed his second round on Friday.
He bogeyed the third but reeled off three birdies in his next four holes to reach 9-under with the back nine still to play.
Danthai was tied for 12th at the halfway stage but charged into a share of the lead with seven birdies in the first 15 holes of his penultimate round.
McIlroy (65) one back in Abu Dhabi through 54
Rory McIlroy moved into position to send a powerful message in his first start of the new year at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Closing out with back-to-back birdies Saturday, McIlroy posted a 7-under-par 65, leaving him poised to announce his return to golf in spectacular fashion after a winless year in 2017.
McIlroy heads into Sunday just a single shot behind the leaders, Thomas Pieters (67) and Ross Fisher (65), who are at 17-under overall at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.
Making his first start after taking three-and-a-half months off to regroup from an injury-riddled year, McIlroy is looking sharp in his bid to win for the first time in 16 months. He chipped in for birdie from 50 feet at the 17th on Saturday and two-putted from 60 feet for another birdie to finish his round.
McIlroy took 50 holes before making a bogey in Abu Dhabi. He pushed his tee shot into a greenside bunker at the 15th, where he left a delicate play in the bunker, then barely blasted his third out before holing a 15-footer for bogey.
McIlroy notably opened the tournament playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who started the new year winning the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in an eight-shot rout just two weeks ago. McIlroy was grouped in the first two rounds with Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood, the European Tour’s Player of the Year last season. McIlroy sits ahead of both of them going into the final round, with Johnson (68) tied for 12th, five shots back, and Fleetwood (67) tied for fourth, two shots back.
Those first two rounds left McIlroy feeling good about his off season work.
“That proves I’m back to full fitness and 100 percent health,” he said going into Saturday. “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now and of, if not the best, drivers of the golf ball, and to be up there with him over the first two days proves to me I’m doing the right things and gives me confidence.”
Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.
The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.
Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.
''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''
First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.
''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''
David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.
Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.
The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.
''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''