Daly fires caddie – Harmon fires Daly

I feel like a parent with a problem child. You love them to death, but you just can’t put up with them anymore. You try love in all its flavors, including “tough love”, but nothing works. Some people don’t want to be helped and they certainly don’t want to help themselves. Sometimes you just have to walk away…

Such is the story of John Daly…

I don’t know what made him fire his caddy on Thursday (does anybody know?), but it certainly didn’t help him make the cut.

And then his behavior afterwards (hanging around the course on Saturday drinking like he was at a frat party), just isn’t what professional golfers should be doing. And it’s not done by anyone, except JD.

Does he want to self-destruct? Sometimes these are cries for help, but so many have tried so hard to help him and he just doesn’t seem to want it. Maybe he just hasn’t sunk low enough…but he’s getting there.

And the one person who just might have been able to turn his game around has now given up as well. As Butch Harmon said in a Golf Channel interview, “When I started working with John the understanding was that I would help him with his golf game if he helped himself. Quite frankly I don’t see any reason for us to continue going down that road. I don’t even want to be associated with him now.”

And Harmon didn’t hold back any punches in his interview with AP, “My whole goal for him was he’s got to show me golf is the most important thing in his life,” said Harmon. “And the most important thing in his life is getting drunk.”

This is such a sad story. I feel like all his fans all be going to an Al-Anon meeting.

What’s the next step…Intervention?


John Daly’s priorities?

San Jose Mercury News
12 Mar 2008

John Daly continues to mine the sports world for firsts. Our previous favorite was when he told of gambling at the $ 5,000 slot machines — who knew those existed? Now comes word that Daly has achieved the rare feat of being kicked off the team in an… read more…

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Second thoughts

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Weekday
11 Mar 2008

John Daly fired caddie Peter Van Der Riet during a rain delay Thursday at the PODS Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., because Daly wanted Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden carrying his bag instead. “To the surprise of absolutely no one,” wrote… read more…

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  1. Actually his next television spot should be ON Intervention get past all of the crap and get back out there and kick some fanny. I do think it’s over, hope he proves me wrong!!

    Steve Wozeniak PGA

  2. If you’re drowning in alcohol/depression you frequently don’t have what it takes to pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Perhaps an intervention is in order by family/friends. this is more serious than golf. It’s his life.

    Harmon showed what a classless moron he is by airing his venom without talking to Daly first. I wonder what kind of help he had with his documented booze problem? When asked, Mickelson said, and I paraphrase, that he wished Daly the best, but it wasn’t his problem. Gee, I hope it’s someone’s.

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