What do you do with a guy who's been ordered to undergo counseling or enter alcohol rehabilitation centers seven times, and has been cited 21 times for "failure to give best efforts"? If the guy is John Daly and you're Golf Channel, you give him his own reality show… for the second time.
It's all there in the PGA Tour's personnel file on Daly, which has been turned over by a court order and become a public record. Garry Smits of the Florida Times-Union recounts some of the highlights in the Daly file, notably a 2005 incident at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst where he nearly hit an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent when he ran a security checkpoint.
to the file, four other witnesses — all law enforcement officers on
duty at the checkpoint — identified Daly as the driver of the car in
statements gathered by the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation.
Fleming said Daly claimed he was in a hurry to make his third-round
Despite the number of witnesses, charges were never filed and the Tour took no action against Daly. In a summary of disciplinary actions taken against Daly, the Pinehurst incident is
labeled "mistaken identity."
Fleming, who still works at the Atlanta ATF office, maintains that Daly was the driver and is upset
that the Tour never punished Daly. He bristles at the "mistaken
"I follow golf and I know John Daly, and he was the driver of that car," Fleming told the Times-Union. "I looked him in the eye. There was no mistaken identity on my part. He was driving. A lot of people wanted the state of North Carolina to prosecute John for that incident. I heard later that the PGA Tour asked
[the North Carolina SBI] to let them handle it."
Fleming said he was told Daly was ordered by the Tour the next day to go to the security checkpoint and apologize to officers. Fleming said he wasn't on duty at the time. "It wasn't my shift, so John Daly apologized to the wrong guy," Fleming said. "As to why North Carolina never prosecuted him, I have no idea. But I'm surprised the Tour never did
Daly's personnel file is 456 pages long, covering 18 years and nearly $100,000 worth of fines, five suspensions, six probations and 11 citations for conduct unbecoming a professional.
The Tour has never voluntarily released information on disciplinary actions taken against players to the media, keeping with a long-standing policy. Daly's file was turned over to Morris Publishing lawyers on a court order after Daly sued Morris in 2005, and became part of the court file after Daly dropped his appeal last fall of a summary judgment issued in favor of Morris on March 23, 2009, and after Daly was ordered to pay Morris' attorney fees.
In the lawsuit, Daly sued the publishing group because of a 2005 column by writer Mike Freeman that accused Daly of hitting women and having a thug lifestyle. Daly turned down a $5,000 settlement offer and Morris spent more than $600,000 fighting the suit, which Daly ultimately lost.