Monday, July 25, 2011
John Daly Did Something Incredible This Weekend ... He Let His Golf Do the Talking
It's easy to harp on John Daly these days for his pants, or his relationships or his frustration with sponsors who won't give him another chance even though the guy has cried wolf more times than Shakira. But deep down we all love the guy, mostly because he is so insane and unpredictable.
But sometimes ... sometimes ... it's nice to just write about Daly's golf game. So when he was sneaking up the leaderboard over the weekend in Canada, it seemed like an unlikely, but incredible story. John Daly was going to compete for a PGA Tour title and dammit, we were going to root for him.
Of course Daly didn't win. Sean O'Hair did. It was equally as great, but for a moment, it seemed that we might actually see Daly raise a trophy for the first time since 2004. If he wins, it's the story of the year, hands down. Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus could go in a playoff at next month's PGA Championship and it still wouldn't eclipse Daly making good on his golf game once more.
It also showed that whatever crap we talk about the guy, he's still, deep down, a competitive golfer that loves being in the hunt. I noticed on Sunday that his outfit was a little less loud than normal, and maybe that's because for once, he wanted everyone to watch his golf shots and not his golf pants. He was out there yucking it up with the field, and he damn near pulled it off.
In a year of unpredictability, Daly making a comeback fits right in. Welcome back, John. Great to see that touch never left.