August 14, 2009
Thursday at the PGA was just another day for John Daly -- which is to say, pinballing between highs and lows, drama at every instant. Just a few holes after dropping an eagle putt at no. 7, Daly withdrew from the PGA Championship, citing a bad back.
In recent months, Daly has sought to completely rehabilitate his image, and there were indications that he was well on his way to getting his life back together. Problem was, he apparently came too far too fast, and in recent weeks cited all kinds of health problems related to his sudden weight loss.
Thursday's round appeared to be a bumpy but decent one; after a birdie at the par-3 16th, Daly stood at two over. But then two straight double bogeys dropped him to a 78, and he left the course without speaking publicly. He later posted on his Twitter feed that a long-running injury, sustained three years ago when he tried to stop his swing upon hearing a camera's shutter whir, had flared up again. And then he was done.
Ah, but that's not all. Just hours after dropping out of the PGA, Daly, who's got a history with the six-string, graced his Twitter followers with a new song called "Lost Soul." It's the title track from a forthcoming CD, one that I can guarantee I'll be buying.
The song's got a '80s power ballad wave-your-lighters-in-the-air vibe to it -- matter of fact, I think those are the opening chords of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." And the lyrics are all about girlfriends in prison and daddies pulling guns on July 4th -- were it anybody else, I'd say it was cliche, but since this is Daly we're talking, it's probably autobiography. Check it out and see for yourself.
Thank heaven for John Daly. In doing absolutely nothing, he's still more interesting than almost all the field.