John Daly claims he hasn’t had a drink in two years, but it sounds as if the struggling pro golfer is getting awfully thirsty.
While signing copies of his autobiography, “My Life In and Out of the Rough,” in North Carolina this week, Daly told the Charlotte Observer “that I was happy when I was a miserable drunk.”
“I played better when I was drunk,” said the 44-year-old Daly, a two-time major winner who failed to crack the top 20 in 20 PGA Tour events this year and hasn’t placed in the top 10 on the PGA Tour in four years.
Daly finished 73rd in last week’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas and failed to earn his PGA Tour card for next year.
Despite dropping 117 pounds since having lap-band surgery two years ago and working hard on his game, a frustrated Daly hasn’t regained the groove that helped him win the 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 British Open.
“I’ve done everything right and haven’t played worth a darn,” said the thrice-divorced Daly, who has been fined and suspended by the PGA Tour countless times. “It’s unbelievable. I’m giving myself the chance to play good. It seems the more I work, the worse I get.”
If Daly thinks he plays better when he’s drunk, he’ll soon be able to do it by imbibing his own brand of alcohol.
Daly, who has sought help for his alcohol problem in the past, is tempting fate by producing his own adult beverage. But it’s hard to blame him for trying to cash in on a cocktail that already has been named after him.
Add vodka to an “Arnold Palmer,” which is a mixture of lemonade and iced tea, and you’ve got a “John Daly.”
Tired of other companies making money off his name, Daly is expected to launch his own brand of lemonade/sweet tea-flavored vodka.
However, despite reportedly losing millions of dollars in Las Vegas casinos, “Long John” apparently has no plans to launch his own line of slot machines.
■ BEARS SHOWN DA DOOR — An entourage of more than 25 Chicago Bears players, including star linebacker Brian Urlacher, inexplicably were denied entrance this week to Windy City nightclub Angels and Kings, which is co-owned by musician Pete Wentz of the band Fall Out Boy.
Wentz’s wife is singer Ashlee Simpson, so the players should consider themselves lucky they weren’t subjected to a lame lip-sync contest.
But a Chicago Sun-Times source at the scene said the slight angered the players from the first-place, hometown Bears, particularly because the club’s head bartender had approved their arrangements in advance.
Rather than cause a scene, though, the players peacefully moved on to the Social 25 nightclub, where they were received as warmly as the four interceptions thrown from Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler to Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall in Chicago’s 17-14 home loss to Washington on Sunday.
Cutler reportedly showed up later at the club, where, despite tight coverage by three bouncers, he stubbornly made four unsuccessful attempts to squeeze through the door.
COMPILED BY TODD DEWEY
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL