John Daly won’t be on the LIV tour, but it’s not for lack of trying

Giovanni Dali

Giovanni Dali
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Before your Thursday gets worse, ask yourself if you’re really surprised that a self-indulgent merchant, the inspiration for Roy McAvoy’s plot if ever “Tin Cup 2” were to happen, would be a pro-Saudi tour. John Daly establishes headquarters in a Hooters near Augusta every April, will sign anything from a cocktail napkin to a love handle at the right price, and smoke hundreds of something cheap during tournaments, the odds that he will worries about where the money came from were always long.

For so long, in fact, not only did he try to join the Saudi royal family’s vanity project, but he “begged Greg Norman” to let him become a member. In an interview on Piers Morgan uncensoredthat was supposed to warn unsuspecting fans where the conversation was going, the walking warning tale showed even less awareness than professionals who have already sworn blood.

“I begged Greg Norman to let me on the LIV tour. You know we work very hard. I played with Brian Harman in a free practice session and with other guys in the British Open free practice sessions and it’s like we’re playing pro-am. We get it, ok? This is the backbone of many 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 tour the United States via Winnebago is a product of your own work. Nobody forced you to be dangerously self-destructive, hence the “self” part of the term.

The diatribe, however, was not over. Daly had more complaints.

“We do visits in tents. 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 feel pretty good, I’m not getting much out of that. What are we doing?’

“We have to be compensated for this. The LIV tour is giving players this. They play pro-am, it’s a big party and they play for a lot of money. These guys who are on that tour deserve that money. I think there are a lot of other guys who deserve that money, especially this old guy. “

Daly deserves everything he has and hasn’t received in his life, so spare me the sobbing story.

He went on to say that the Crown Prince is a “big boy” because “he has given so much money to golfers that they deserve it”. At least he’s honest, I guess. The host and host have not talked about the morality of the LIV tour other than to offer a lot of things about the PGA tour.

The only redeemable thing Daly uttered was a plea to let him “go into entertainment and get all my friends to do the gigs and stuff” for the LIV events. Whatever terrible country music he alludes to is undoubtedly not the redeemable part I was referring to. I want him to be the real entertainment. Give him some of the money Tiger turned down and turn him into the tour fool.

Isn’t that what the PGA is for right now? He shows up in brightly colored clothes, scoffs at himself and the game, provides lightness in the early rounds because it doesn’t matter late, and everyone forgets about him until he stops at the next event and falls out of his RV along with a wave of voids.

The Saudis did not reject him because he is “too old”, as Daly claims Norman told him. They don’t want it because they’re trying to be a viable contender to the PGA, and if they start signing sideshow deeds and lean further into advertising stunts, the legitimacy they seek vanishes.

The Saudis want golfers, not golfers’ caricatures. But maybe the next time the prince needs a clown for a birthday party, he’ll call Daly.