Before your Thursday gets any worse, ask yourself if you’re really surprised that a self-indulgent peddler, the inspiration for Roy McAvoy’s script if “Tin Cup 2” ever happens, is a pro-Saudi tour. John Daly sets up his headquarters at a Hooters near Augusta every April, will sign anything from a cocktail napkin to a love handle for the right price, and smoke hundreds of something cheap during tournaments, the chances of him caring where the money came from were always long.
So long in fact that he not only tried to join the Saudi royal family’s vanity project, but he “begged Greg Norman” to let him be a member. In an interview on Piers Morgan uncensoredwhich should have warned oblivious fans of the direction the conversation would take, the walking cautionary tale showed even less awareness than the pros who have already taken the blood oath.
“I begged Greg Norman to let me go on the LIV tour. You know, we work really hard. I played with Brian Harman on a practice round and some other guys on the practice rounds at the British Open and it’s like we’re playing pro-ams. We get that, okay? That’s what’s the backbone of a lot of our tournaments. But, says Brian Harman, “give us a box of chocolates for the effort.”
John, the precarious state of your finances that led you to circumnavigate the United States via Winnebago is a product of your own initiative. Nobody forced you to be dangerously self-destructive – hence the ‘self’ part of the term.
The diatribe was not over, however. Daly had more grievances.
“We do tent tours. We do this, we do that. I play two to three pro-ams every week on the Champions Tour and you know we don’t play for a lot of money on the Champions Tour. So I almost feel like it’s okay, I don’t get much out of it. What do we do?’
“We must be compensated for this. The LIV Tour offers this to players. They’re playing pro-ams, it’s a big party and they’re playing for a lot of money. These guys who are on this tour deserve this money. I think there are a lot of other guys who deserve this money, especially this old man.
Daly deserves everything he has and hasn’t received in his life, so spare me this bloody story.
He went on to say that the Crown Prince is a ‘great guy’ because ‘he has given so much money to golfers who deserve it’. At least he’s honest, I guess. The host and guest didn’t talk about the morals of the LIV Tour other than to offer a bunch of PGA Tour talk.
The only redeemable thing Daly uttered was a plea to let him “get into the fun and get all my friends to do the gigs and stuff” for the LIV events. Whatever awful country music he is undoubtedly referring to is not the redeemable part I was referring to. I want it to be real entertainment. Give him some of the money Tiger refused and make him the tour jester.
Isn’t that what he is for the PGA right now? He shows up in a brightly colored outfit, makes fun of himself and the game, offers levity at the start of the round because he doesn’t matter late, and everyone forgets about him until until he shows up at the next event and falls out of his RV with a wave of voids.
The Saudis didn’t turn him down because he’s “too old,” as Daly claims Norman told him. They don’t want him because they’re trying to be a viable PGA contender, and if they start signing sideshow numbers and leaning more into publicity stunts, the legitimacy they seek diminishes. .
Saudis want golfers, not golfer caricatures. But maybe the next time the prince needs a clown for a birthday party, he’ll call Daly.