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Golf Australia Express : Issue 5
THE LIST WOMEN, BOOZE, health issues, lawsuits and gambling. For a while there, it seemed he was in the news daily for all the wrong reasons. His life appeared to be going up in smoke. John Daly—aka the ‘Wild Thing’ did the full circuit outside the Tour ropes. And his nickname is an apt description for one of golf’s most tragic figures, albeit now a downsized version of his former self. But amid times of self- destruction, addictions and distractions, Daly found time and form to play well on course. The 1995 British Open at St Andrews was one place he reined supreme. But it was the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick that remains his most memorable. A virtual unknown at the time, Daly won by three shots and will be remembered for accurately smashing crazy long drives with monotonous regularity on the tight layout. The event will also be remembered for fist pumping and hollering. And that was from Daly himself. It’s no wonder the Wild Thing became an instant hit with the fans and attracted a cult following. ENTERTAINER John “WILD Thing” Daly