Okay, this is the last thing I write about John Daly for the next two weeks — at least until he arrives in Canada or wins the British Open.
My latest Sympatico column is online with my thoughts on Daly’s exemption into the Canadian Open.
Here’s a taste:
Over the past few years John Daly has been a lot of things. He’s been the reportedly assaulted in a domestic incident with a now ex-wife. He’s written a tell-all bio that said he squandered tens of millions of dollars on lap dances and gambling. He’s been drunk (a lot) and arrested last year outside a Hooters. He’s been suspended by the PGA Tour. More recently he’s been a fashion victim with a (slightly) resurrected European golf career.
Now he’s coming back to the RBC Canadian Open in two weeks time “ or at least that’s the plan before Daly somehow finds a way to throw a spanner in the works.
What paying spectators will get from Daly is anyone’s guess.
The Royal Canadian Golf Association, which runs the tournament, should be applauded for helping bring about a strong field after a few years of struggling to attract the best on the PGA Tour. The organization says Daly has been a long-time supporter of the event. Apparently tournament director Bill Paul made a number of calls about which Daly would appear at the event and liked what he heard. With the likelihood that at least one promised star, former Masters champ Trevor Immelman, will withdraw with an injury, Daly could help fill the space along the ropes on Glen Abbey’s fairways. Extra ticket sales equals extra dollars “ a good thing in uncertain economic times.