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Golf Talk Live - John Daly Transcript Segment 2

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PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU FIRST BROKE ONTO THE SCENE IN '91 AFTER WINNING THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, PEOPLE TALKED ABOUT YOU A LITTLE BIT LIKE THEY TALK ABOUT TIGER TODAY.

YOU WERE THE BIGGEST HITTER AND STILL ARE. PEOPLE STARTED TO APPRECIATE THE TOUCH THAT YOU HAD AROUND THE GREEN. AND, OF COURSE, IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, PEOPLE HAVE CONCENTRATED NOT ON YOUR GOLF BUT EVERYTHING BUT.

DON'T YOU MISS THAT? DON'T YOU MISS THEM TALKING ABOUT THE GREAT AND HIGH QUALITY OF YOUR GOLF GAME AS OPPOSED TO WHAT'S GOING IN YOUR LIFE TO KEEP YOU FROM PLAYING THAT GREAT GOLF?

JOHN DALY
WELL, I THINK I HAD SPENT ALMOST 4 YEARS WORRYING ABOUT EVERYTHING OFF THE GOLF COURSE AND IT TOOK AWAY MY TIME ON THE GOLF COURSE. AND UH .

YOU KNOW UM, YOU'RE RIGHT. I MEAN - BUT I HAVEN'T GIVEN ANYBODY ANYTHING ELSE TO TALK ABOUT 'CAUSE I HAVEN'T PLAYED AND I - VERY WELL. AND I HAVEN'T WON ANYTHING SINCE THE BRITISH OPEN.

UH, IT WAS A GREAT WIN FOR ME IN ORDER - TO WIN THE JC PENNEY. UM, YEAH, IT BOOSTED MY CONFIDENCE GOING INTO THIS YEAR.

UM, YOU KNOW, I PLAYED OKAY AT THE HONDA, WHICH IT JUST SEEMS LIKE A GREAT GOLF COURSE FOR ME AND STUFF. BUT MY GAME IS JUST - HASN'T COME AROUND. AND UH,

I AM WORRIED ABOUT IT. I'M SUCH A COMPETITOR THAT I, YOU KNOW, I GET ANGRY AT MYSELF AT SOME OF THE STUPID MISTAKES I - I MAKE ON THE GOLF COURSE. AND, YOU KNOW, I - I TRY AND .

I TRY AND WATCH TIGER PRACTICE A LOT AND DAVID DUVAL AND - AND THE GUYS THAT ARE JUST PLAYING GREAT GOLF. AND UM, YOU KNOW, I'M TRYING TO FIND ANYTHING THAT CAN HELP ME WITH MY GAME AND .

UM, BUT ALL I NEED IS . I - I NEED - I'VE SET GOALS TO TRY AND HIT MORE FAIRWAYS. I'M SETTING GOALS TO BASICALLY TRY AND HIT MORE FAIRWAYS. AND - AND MY PUTTING WAS SO BAD THAT I'M TRYING TO TAKE A LITTLE MORE TIME.

YESTERDAY PROBABLY WASN'T (CHUCKLE) A GOOD SIGN 'CAUSE I WASN'T TAKING ANY TIME. I WAS FRUSTRATED. BUT UH, JUST - THERE'S JUST A LOT OF THINGS THAT I - I HAVE TO GET OUT OF BAD ROUNDS.

AND YESTERDAY I REALLY DIDN'T GET ANYTHING OUT OF IT BUT A - A WASTED ROUND OF GOLF IN MY OPINION.

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME ABOUT YOU AND YOUR DAUGHTERS. WHAT KIND OF A DAD ARE YOU?

JOHN DALY
OH UM, I THINK I'M A GREAT DAD. UM, I HAD THEM THIS WEEK AT BAYHILL. UM, SO I SPENT AN AWFUL LOT OF TIME WITH THEM. UH, YOU KNOW, THEY - THEY STAY WITH ME AND IT'S LIKE THEY'RE .

WHEN THEY'RE WITH ME, THEY'RE GOING TO BED AT 11:30 AT NIGHT, WAKING UP AT 4. 'DADDY UH, LET'S GO TO MCDONALD'S.'

4 O'CLOCK, YOU KNOW . 'NO, NO, I'M TIRED. YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT OPEN YET, GIRLS. MCDONALD'S DOESN'T OPEN UNTIL 5:30.' YEAH, I DO KNOW THAT BECAUSE I GO THERE EVERY MORNING ABOUT 5:30, GET THE BIG DIET COKE AND .

BUT 4:15 COMES AROUND, 'DADDY, LET'S GO TO MCDONALD'S.' SO I MEAN, I HAD . I HAD A FUN WEEK WITH MY DAUGHTERS. AND I - I REALLY DIDN'T CONCENTRATE ON GOLF THIS WEEK. UH .

I WANTED TO PLAY LIKE A LOT OF PLAYERS DO. THEY WANT TO PLAY 'CAUSE IT'S ARNIE'S TOURNAMENT. AND UM . BUT I - I WASN'T SO UPSET THAT - THAT I PLAYED REALLY BAD. IT WAS NICE TO MAKE THE CUT AND ALL.

BUT I HAD SO MUCH FUN WITH MY LITTLE GIRLS. UM, SIERRA LIVES IN PALM SPRINGS AND SHYNAH, OF COURSE, LIVES HERE IN ORLANDO. AND IT WAS GREAT THAT SIERRA COULD COME HERE AND SPEND 7 OR 8 DAYS WITH HER DAD, AND WE JUST HAD A BLAST.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU'RE WITH THEM OR WHEN THEY'RE AROUND, DO YOU SOMETIMES SIT AND THINK TO YOURSELF ABOUT SOME OF THE CRAZY THINGS THAT YOU'VE DONE OFF THE GOLF COURSE

THAT'S JEOPARDIZED YOUR LIFE, JEOPARDIZED YOUR RELATIONSHIP, THEREFORE, WITH YOUR GIRLS AND MAKE YOU WANT TO SORT OF RETHINK THE 'JOHN DALY OVERALL PLAN'?

JOHN DALY
(CHUCKLE) WELL, IT'S UM . I - YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT ALCOHOL, I DON'T DRINK AROUND MY DAUGHTERS. UM, THAT'S A COMMITMENT I MADE TO MYSELF. UM .

I JUST UM . YOU KNOW, I CAN'T WORRY AND DWELL ON - ON PAST ARTICLES AND - AND PAST THINGS THAT I'VE DONE IN MY LIFE. IF I DO THAT, I'LL NEVER GET BETTER. I'LL NEVER GET BETTER AT GOLF AND I WON'T BE A GOOD DAD.

I JUST HAVE TO TRY AND - AND LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES UM, THE BEST THAT I CAN. AND UM, WHEN THEY GET OLD ENOUGH AND THEY READ ABOUT THE STUFF THAT - THAT I'VE DONE, I'LL JUST HAVE TO SIT DOWN AND EXPLAIN TO THEM AND .

THAT HEY, DADDY WAS A LITTLE CRAZY, YOU KNOW. BUT UH, I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF CRAZINESS IN - IN ALL OF US. AND LIFE'S NOT EASY. I MEAN . UM, THE GOLF CAN MAKE YOU MENTALLY CRAZY,

ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE . I KNOW I'VE GOT TALENT. AND I KNOW I'M - I KNOW I CAN WIN AGAIN OTHERWISE I WOULDN'T KEEP PLAYING.

BUT IT'S VERY DIFFICULT WHEN IT DOESN'T GO GOOD. AND YOU KNOW, IT SEEMED LIKE WHEN I WON THE BRITISH OPEN IN '95, IT SEEMS 20 YEARS AGO. IT JUST SEEMS SO LONG SINCE I - SINCE I WON A TOURNAMENT ON TOUR

AND ACTUALLY EVEN BEING IN THE HUNT. BUT WE - JUST GOT TO SET LITTLE GOALS FOR MYSELF AND GO OUT THERE, DO THE BEST I CAN. UM, THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, I'VE NEVER PLAYED GOOD THERE.

I MIGHT HAVE PLAYED GOOD THERE ONE YEAR. IT'S NOT A GOLF COURSE SET UP FOR MY GAME. I'VE . YOU KNOW, I'VE TRIED TO HIT IRONS OFF THE TEES. AND UM .

I'VE TRIED TO PLAY IT VERY AGGRESSIVE AND I'VE TRIED TO PLAY IT, YOU KNOW, REAL CONSERVATIVE. AND I'VE NEVER BEEN COMFORTABLE IN THE TEE BOXES THERE. AND SO THAT MAKES IT VERY, VERY TOUGH FOR ME.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU PRACTICING? ARE YOU WORKING HARD ON YOUR GAME RIGHT NOW, REALLY WORKING HARD?

JOHN DALY
I HAVE BEEN. LAST - THIS LAST WEEK AT BAYHILL, I - I DIDN'T GO TO THE RANGE BUT ONE TIME. I JUST . MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY WASN'T . MY MIND WAS ON GETTING BACK TO SEE MY DAUGHTERS THIS WEEK - OR LAST WEEK. AND UM .

SO I - I DIDN'T REALLY EXPECT TO DO ANYTHING GREAT A BAYHILL. I WAS VERY SURPRISED I MADE THE CUT. UH, IT SEEMED LIKE I TRIED TO MISS IT. BUT,

YOU KNOW, I WORKED REALLY HARD TO GET IT TO 2-UNDER AFTER 17 HOLES AND SNAP HOOKED A DRIVER OUT-OF-BOUNDS ON 9 AND . AND MADE DOUBLE, MADE THE CUT. BUT UM,

YOU KNOW, NEXT WEEK I WANT TO WORK VERY, VERY HARD THIS WEEK ON THE - ON THE PLAYERS. I - I REALLY DON'T EXPECT MUCH AT THE PLAYERS. I NEVER DO WHEN I GO THERE. UM, IT'S JUST SO HARD FOR ME, THAT GOLF COURSE.

BUT IT'S A BIG PURSE. THERE'S ALWAYS A CHANCE THAT THE TOUCH MIGHT COME AROUND. AND THAT'S WHAT I'M BASICALLY WAITING ON. UH,

NOWADAYS, I KNOW TIGER CAN WIN EVERY WEEK. I DON'T THINK MY GAME CAN DO THAT. BUT WHEN I'M ON, IT'S SO MUCH FUN. AND - AND I'M NOT THE MOST CONSISTENT PLAYER IN THE WORLD, AS WE KNOW, BUT WHEN I'M ON, IT'S JUST THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD.

AND MAYBE I'LL BE ON THIS - THIS WEEK, I DON'T KNOW. OR - IT JUST SEEMS LIKE MY GAME RISES TO ANOTHER LEVEL A LITTLE BIT WHEN I PLAY MAJORS. AND UM, SO I'LL TELL YOU WHAT,

I'LL TAKE THE 4 MAJORS AND I DON'T CARE IF I EVER WIN ANYTHING ELSE AGAIN 'CAUSE THAT'S . TO ME, THAT'S WHAT GOLF IS ALL ABOUT, TO BE ON TOUR IS TO WIN THE MAJORS.

PETER KESSLER
I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THAT, 'I'LL TAKE THE 4 MAJORS AND I'LL HAPPILY RETIRE.' WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A MOMENT WITH MAJOR CHAMPION, JOHN DALY.

AND AS WE LEAVE YOU FOR JUST A MOMENT, A GRAPHIC OF THE ACTIVE MULTIPLE PROFESSIONAL MAJOR WINNERS UNDER THE AGE OF 40. YOU'RE STILL UNDER 40, RIGHT JOHN?

(GRAPHIC SHOWN:
ACTIVE MULTIPLE PROFESSIONAL
MAJOR WINNERS UNDER THE AGE OF 40
MAJORS
JOHN DALY 2
ERNIE ELS 2
LEE JANZEN 2
JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL 2
TIGER WOODS 2 )

JOHN DALY
OH YEAH. I GOT 7 MORE YEARS BEFORE I GET THERE, PETER. (LAUGH).

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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