Ron Green Jr. of The Charlotte Observer caught up with a rueful John Daly at a public appearance in Conover, N.C. on Monday. Daly talked about losing weight, quitting drinking and mentioned some new products he’s promoting, but then he really opened up about his past while signing autographs.
Signing copies of his book, “My Life In And Out Of The Rough,” with a silver pen, Daly was asked what he’s learned about himself through the years.
“That I was happy when I was a miserable drunk. I played better when I was drunk,” he said. Daly paused, smiled half a smile and gently shook his head.
“I don’t know,” he said. “Sometimes you point your finger at yourself. You can only point your finger at yourself so many times. You look back at yourself and write the pros and cons of your life and the pros outweigh the cons.
“I look at myself and I’m not that bad a guy. I always thought I was the reason the divorces came. I look back and it takes two to do that. It wasn’t all my fault. I played a part in it but I can’t keep blaming myself for everything.”
Stats show Tiger improved under new coach Tiger Woods might not be the No. 1 player in the world next week, but Thomas Conroy of the Bleacher Report web site says that Woods is already playing significantly better since he began working with new coach Sean Foley (and he has the numbers to prove it).
Foley challenges his pupils and will never become a yes-man in order to keep a client. His candor is exactly what the doctor ordered to revive Woods’ game. Foley’s two immediate goals are to stop Tiger from moving his head laterally on his backswing and force him to keep his arms closer to his body to prevent them from dropping on his follow-through.
Tiger has abandoned the game plan of relying on his short game and clutch putting to get him out of trouble from an errant tee shot. Foley is encouraging Woods to use the fairway to his advantage, and the numbers have improved.
Under his tutelage, Tiger had six rounds in the 60s during the FedEx Cup playoffs, which equaled the total number of rounds in the 60s that Woods had in eight PGA tournament appearances. But more importantly, Woods hit nine of 14 fairways, 13 greens and only took 27 putts in those six rounds. It’s difficult to win on the Tour while making significant changes to your game, but the reality is Tiger 2.0: The Return of a Champion is under construction.
Freddie cashes in during rookie season on Champions Tour For Fred Couples, turning 50 had a silver lining. Maybe even a golf one. The Champions Tour rookie has won four times this year on the senior tour. But what’s really amazing is that Couples earned more money this year than any previous year as a professional, according to Mick Elliot of AOL Fanhouse.
You know all about Fred Couples.
You recall that he’s a former No. 1 ranked player in the world, winner of 15 PGA Tour events, including a Masters. He’s a two-time Player of the Year, five-time Ryder Cup player and recent Presidents Cup captain.
But this is going to shock you: this year as a Champions Tour rookie Couples has won $2,271,894, the most he’s ever earned in any season as a professional. And you still want to make jokes about “geezer golf?”
Nicklaus shares Hogan stories from 1960 U.S. Open Ted Dunnam of The Journal of Friendswood, a Houston area community newspaper, caught Jack Nicklaus in prime storytelling mode at a Houston fundraiser last week, and passes along Nicklaus’ recollection of playing with Ben Hogan at the storied 1960 U.S. Open. (Nicklaus finished second to Arnold Palmer.)
“Ben played the way I like to play,” Nicklaus said. “He didn’t talk a lot. If I hit a good shot, he’d say ‘Good shot, fella’. He’d always call you fella.
“And if I hit a bad shot, there was no comment. He’d talk going down the fairway, but as you got near your ball, he’d get quiet.”
Hogan quietly faded from contention in the final round while Nicklaus hung close. But neither could challenge Palmer in the end.
“(Hogan) went about his business and I went about mine,” Nicklaus said of the final round. “He had his chances to win the tournament, and I had mine.
“But what he said about me afterward was real nice. He said ‘I played today with a young man, that if he’d known how to win, he might have won by 10 shots.’
“And, of course, at that time I didn’t know how to win because I was a young kid.
“But the nicest complement I got out of it was the next year at The Masters. Hogan walked into the locker and he walked right over to me and shook my hand. He said ‘Hi fella, you got a game?’
“I said ‘No, Mr. Hogan, and he said ‘Let’s go play.”
Stray Shots: Some things we heard while wondering if Cowboys fans will ever let Tony Romo play golf again… Iain Curtis of the BBC deciphers the math behind how Lee Westwood can become No. 1 or, as he puts it, how “one victory + one full tournament appearance in 14 weeks = world number one.” The National Business Aviation Association gave aviator Arnold Palmer its Meritorious Service Award. Talk about a crowded trophy room.
Tweet of the Day: From Paul Azinger: “Expecting same tweet 2 years from now! RT @IanJamesPoulter The Ryder Cup is no longer in my possession, thank you for letting me borrow it.”