Mention the name John Daly five years ago and you could describe him as angry, drunk and obese.
But he has since turned his life around.
After having lap-band surgery in 2009, he’s lost 117 pounds, and earlier this year he announced that he was no longer drinking alcohol and claimed he hasn’t had a drink for the past two years.
So has his game improved?
In 2010, Daly made 20 PGA starts, and each time failed to finish in the top 20. It’s also been four years since he’s been in the top 10 in any event.
“It’s unbelievable,” Daly told The Charlotte Observer. “I’m giving myself the chance to play good. It seems the more I work, the worse I get.”
According to Daly, his alcoholism may not have been the contributing factor to his failing game. In fact, drinking may have actually helped him.
“I was happy when I was a miserable drunk.” Daly said. “I played better when I was drunk.”
But Daly isn’t going to give up too quickly. He’s headed for a four-day outing in Turkey and has plans to play in Australia this year. Still, he hopes to find a way to play in the PGA Tour in 2011 and may have to rely on sponsor exemptions in order to participate in any PGA events.
“You take it as it comes and move on,” Daly said. “It’s just life.”