My Life in and out of the Rough
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Ever since his astonishing victory in the 1991 PGA Championship, John Daly, known affectionately on the PGA Tour as "Big 'Un," has enthralled fans with his big drives, bigger personality, and "Grip It and Rip It" approach to golf -- and to life.
Long John, usually seen with a Marlboro Light dangling from his lip, is the unchained, unpredictable, unapologetic bad boy of professional golf. "The only rules I follow," JD likes to say, "are the Rules of Golf."
Daly's play-it-as-it-lays approach drives My Life in and out of the Rough, a thrillingly -- and sometimes shockingly -- candid memoir of a larger-than-life athlete battling assorted addictions (alcohol, gambling, chocolate, sex), his weight, and, perhaps worst of all, divorce lawyers. (He's been married four times.)
A two-time major winner before he turned thirty, John Daly is one of the most popular athletes in the world. Taking readers with him off the fairway and into his $1.5-million motor home for a rollicking ride through his life -- an ever-churning world of booze, burgers, casinos, country music, and breathtaking moonshots -- Daly reveals how a down-home Everyman from Arkansas managed to rise to the peak of the golf world, escape from the depths of abject depression, and, finally, take control of his life.
Well, sort of.
If you ever wondered about this man, here is your answer. I have the actual book but glad I can still leave comments! A must read for golfers.
I liked the read, but it becomes painfully obvious how in denial this douche is about his vices. All in all, I had a much better view of John Daly before I read this book. And I'm not referring to the alcohol use.
He mentions a few times that he started to get the feeling his wives were "only in it for the money". Ya think, John?
This is an entertaining read, but it does get old reading how sorry JD feels/felt for himself. The most annoying part is the way he "humbly" drops stories of how great of a person he is...he likes to toot his own horn and let you know he is the nicest guy in the world.
Overall it's interesting to read about his screwed up life, but there are many parts that should just be skimmed over.