John Daly Told The Story Of The Time He Asked Tiger Woods To Drink A Beer With Him And It’s Classic Tiger
Let me first start by saying HAPPY 50th BIG JOHN! I know it’s not until tomorrow, but I’ll take my chances that John Daly lives to see another day. If he’s survived the last 49 years of HARD LIVIN’, I’ll take a bet saying he’ll live to see his 50th birthday tomorrow.
/knocks on wood
Since Daly is turning 50 and officially becoming a member of the PGA TOUR Champions (formerly known as the Champions Tour, the Senior Tour, and The GGA – Geriatric Golf Association) and since he can still bomb it, people are predicting that he might be a force to be reckoned with on shorter courses. Although I’m sure that steely-eyed son of a bitch Bernhard Langer has something to say about that.
What his birthday, and shift to the PGA TOUR Champions, also means is more media coverage. Daly recently sat down with Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard to discuss his birthday, his future, Hooters, and everything in between. Even the time he tried to get Tiger Woods to join him for a beer.
It was during the 2004 Target World Challenge and Daly had just completed the Wednesday pro-am with some friends and was in the clubhouse drinking and telling stories when Tiger Woods walked into the room.
“Tiger’s there in his workout clothes and I said, ‘Tiger come have a beer with us, man,’” Daly recalls.
Woods declined, explaining that he was bound for the gym and one of his ubiquitous workout sessions. Daly persisted, “I go, ‘Man, you don’t need to work out. You need to drink a little bit with us.’”
Woods’ answer is the stuff of legend.
“He said, ‘If I had your talent I’d be doing the same thing you’re doing,’” Daly says. “I’m looking at him thinking ‘you’re crazy, man.’”
There are two ways to look at that comment from Tiger Woods, which, by the way, I don’t think he meant maliciously. On one hand, it is the ultimate compliment to Daly, a guy who may have possessed more natural talent than most players during his era; he was able to be a normal guy and still compete at the highest level. On the other hand, it has to sting to hear how the best player in the world actually thinks you’re more talented than him, but he’s won about 1000 more tournaments than you. Daly won a few majors and has made a career out of playing golf, so it’s not like he fits into “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent” pool, but with his talent, he definitely should have won more.
I guess it all boils down to what you want out of life, though. For Woods it was majors, trophies and Perkins waitresses. For Daly it was booze, Diet Cokes, cigs, and a permanent reservation at Hooters. Hard to argue with either of those lives. They both seem infinitely better than mine.
[H/T Golf Channel]