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Golf Talk Live - John Daly Transcript Segment 1

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GOLF TALK LIVE - MARCH 20, 2000
JOHN DALY

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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.

PETER KESSLER

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.

JOHN DALY
YOU TOO, PETER. IT'S BEEN A WHILE.

PETER KESSLER
IT'S BEEN TOO LONG.

JOHN DALY
YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
I'VE BEEN MEANING TO ASK YOU, ARE YOU A REBEL WITH OR WITHOUT A CAUSE?

JOHN DALY
(CHUCKLE) PROBABLY BOTH. (CHUCKLE).

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME.

JOHN DALY
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.

PETER KESSLER
YOU MUST HAVE BEEN SOME CHARMING STUDENT IN GRADE SCHOOL, HUH?

JOHN DALY
(CHUCKLE) UH, I WASN'T MUCH OF A CHARMING STUDENT ANYWHERE I WENT. BUT UH, I GOT THROUGH IT ANYWAY. (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
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?

JOHN DALY
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.

PETER KESSLER
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?

JOHN DALY
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.

PETER KESSLER
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?

JOHN DALY
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.

PETER KESSLER
WHO ARE YOU TURNING TO FOR ADVICE NOW? WHO DO YOU GO TO THAT YOU TRUST?

JOHN DALY
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.

PETER KESSLER
WE WILL PICK UP ON THAT AS SOON AS WE COME BACK WITH JOHN DALY. DON'T GO AWAY.

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