Wiser Daly learns to pick his poison

Tue Nov 6, 2012 6:01am EST
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By Patrick Johnston

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Years of addiction, blow-ups and wrecked marriages earned John Daly the moniker 'Wild Thing' but at 46 the American says he has finally found the maturity to match his unquestionable talent.

With his crowd-pulling 'grip it and rip it' style and unconventional swing that resulted in huge driving distances, Daly shot to fame with his 1991 U.S. PGA Championship win, followed by his success at the 1995 British Open.

Despite his potential, Daly's game then fell apart in the midst of four divorces and an alcohol addiction all documented on his first music album in 2010.

Tournament invite exemptions ended as the American toured around with limited success relying on sponsors invites as his world ranking fell to 827 last year.

An ugly row with organizers at an event in Australia which grabbed unwanted headlines added insult to injury.

While Daly acknowledged he remains as capable of shooting an 83 as a 63 he said he was a much calmer figure now.

"The intriguing thing about me is I don't know which John Daly will show up on the golf course," he told reporters on Tuesday before this week's Singapore Open.

"But I know it's a more trying, more dedicated John Daly every day.   Continued...

John Daly of the U.S. watches his tee shot on the first hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, August 11, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane