If you didn't know any better and someone told you John Daly's story, you'd be convinced that it was utter fiction -- but that it would make a great movie.
Well, Daly's highs and lows will finally be chronicled in a film. ESPN announced a new set of "30 for 30" documentaries at its upfront presentation to advertisers on Tuesday, including a movie about the two-time major winner.
A chronicle of Daly's life and career will be a part of a third series of the films, which also includes movies about the Buffalo Bills teams that lost four consecutive Super Bowls and the Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson ear-biting fight.
Daly first entered the national consciousness when he won the 1991 PGA Championship at Indiana's Crooked Stick after getting into the event as the ninth alternate. He won a second major four years later, at the Home of Golf, in the 1995 Open Championship at St. Andrews.
Those two highlights have been surrounded by a staggering number of lowlights, including high scores, walk-offs, lawsuits, multiple marriages and astounding gambling losses. Now 49, Daly is on the verge of turning to the Champions Tour.
Golf hasn't gotten a lot of play in ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary series. Of the 70-plus movies created, just one hits golf: "June 17th, 1994," which alludes to Arnold Palmer's final U.S. Open at Oakmont wrapping up on the same day as the O.J. Simpson police chase, as well the World Cup and NBA Finals.