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Rain Man
05-02-2006, 03:52 PM
Okay, we all know that he's a liar, but with $8.7 million in career earnings, has he really made more than $40 million or $50 million in endorsements?

http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/story/5563014

Daly says that gambling might do him in
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Associated Press

John Daly says he has lost between $50 million and $60 million during 12 years of heavy gambling, and that it has become a problem that could "flat-out ruin me" if he doesn't bring it under control.

Daly discussed his addiction to gambling in the final chapter of his autobiography, John Daly: My Life In and Out of the Rough to be released next Monday.

In his book, John Daly tells a story of losing $1.65 million in five hours playing mostly $5,000 slot machines in Las Vegas. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

He told one story of earning $750,000 when he lost in a playoff to Tiger Woods last fall in San Francisco at a World Golf Championship. Instead of going home, he drove to Las Vegas and says he lost $1.65 million in five hours playing mostly $5,000 slot machines.

"If I don't get control of my gambling, it's going to flat-out ruin me," he says in the book, co-written with Glen Waggoner and published by HarperCollins.

The book got the attention of PGA Tour headquarters, and commissioner Tim Finchem met with Daly on Monday at the Wachovia Championship in Charlotte, N.C.

Finchem said the book does not violate PGA Tour regulations, although "it is clear that he continues to be concerned about and grapple with significant personal challenges."

"I have expressed to John the tour's concern for his well-being, as well as his ongoing need to uphold the image and standards of the PGA Tour," Finchem said. "While we will continue to enforce the regulations and policies of the PGA Tour, I have advised John of the tour's willingness to support him in his efforts to deal with his personal issues."

The two-time major champion wrote that he has spent the last 10 years paying off gambling debts with his sponsorship income, hustling appearance money and "running myself ragged doing corporate outings instead of spending time with my family and working on my game."

He recalled former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson telling him at a Tucson, Ariz., rehab center in 1993 that Daly would find something he loves as much as drinking, and that he would have to be careful.

"The people around me ... were hoping, of course, that the 'something' would be practicing golf. No such luck," Daly wrote. "What I found was gambling."

He said he owed $4 million to casinos in two years of gambling until he won the 1995 British Open at St. Andrews, his second major. That victory and the ability to get handsome appearance fees, enabled him to pay off the debt.

But the gambling continued.

Daly three-putted from 15 feet on the second playoff hole against Woods at Harding Park. He headed to Las Vegas and lost $600,000 within 30 minutes. He said he took out another $600,000 line of credit and lost that in two hours.

"And here's how my sick mind analyzed the situation," Daly wrote. "My sponsorship payments would be coming through in January, so I'd be able to pay everything off and get back to even by the beginning of the new year. Everything's fine. Everything's OK. No problema. Hell, yes, there's a problema."

Daly says he has taken more control of his life in the last six years.

"I'm off those ... medications. I don't drink JD (Jack Daniels) anymore. I don't beat up on hotel rooms and cars as much. Only gambling remains a problem," he wrote.

He said he plans to start at the $25 slots in the casinos and set a "walkout loss number," which would tell him it's time to leave.

"If I make a little bit, then maybe I move up to the $100 slots or the $500 slots, or maybe I take it to the blackjack table," he wrote. "It's their money. Why not give it a shot, try to double it? And if I make a lot, I can ...

"Well, that's my plan."

Daly has been one of the most popular figures on the PGA Tour since he won the 1991 PGA Championship as the ninth alternate. He has five PGA Tour victories and career earnings of $8.7 million.

PastorMikH
05-02-2006, 03:54 PM
Stay tuned for John Daly's next book, "How to waste tons of God-given talent and throw your life down the drain a hundred different ways at the same time."

2bikemike
05-02-2006, 04:04 PM
I didn't know they had $5000 dollar slots. All this time I have been wasting on the dollar slots I could have been playing the 5k slots. Damn casinos need to do a better job of advertising. I can easily find 10x odd on craps but 5k slots...

Rain Man
05-02-2006, 04:05 PM
$5K slots aren't popular because it takes so long to insert 20,000 quarters to get each pull.

Bowser
05-02-2006, 04:11 PM
I figured he lose more money with other golfers on side bets if he was going to get tanked that night or not.

Skip Towne
05-02-2006, 04:16 PM
Why didn't they mention his wife's in prison for running a drug ring?

JBucc
05-02-2006, 04:26 PM
And a drinking problem. And a smoking problem. And a porn problem. And any other problem you can think of.

Skip Towne
05-02-2006, 04:31 PM
And a drinking problem. And a smoking problem. And a porn problem. And any other problem you can think of.
He lives in Dardanelle. Isn't that near you?

Fish
05-02-2006, 05:43 PM
$5K slots aren't popular because it takes so long to insert 20,000 quarters to get each pull.

Maybe it's one giant coin..... like a beautiful golden manhole cover....

Nelson Muntz
05-02-2006, 06:04 PM
Okay, we all know that he's a liar, but with $8.7 million in career earnings, has he really made more than $40 million or $50 million in endorsements?

http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/story/5563014

Daly says that gambling might do him in
Story Tools:

Associated Press

John Daly says he has lost between $50 million and $60 million during 12 years of heavy gambling, and that it has become a problem that could "flat-out ruin me" if he doesn't bring it under control.

Daly discussed his addiction to gambling in the final chapter of his autobiography, John Daly: My Life In and Out of the Rough to be released next Monday.

In his book, John Daly tells a story of losing $1.65 million in five hours playing mostly $5,000 slot machines in Las Vegas. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

He told one story of earning $750,000 when he lost in a playoff to Tiger Woods last fall in San Francisco at a World Golf Championship. Instead of going home, he drove to Las Vegas and says he lost $1.65 million in five hours playing mostly $5,000 slot machines.

"If I don't get control of my gambling, it's going to flat-out ruin me," he says in the book, co-written with Glen Waggoner and published by HarperCollins.

The book got the attention of PGA Tour headquarters, and commissioner Tim Finchem met with Daly on Monday at the Wachovia Championship in Charlotte, N.C.

Finchem said the book does not violate PGA Tour regulations, although "it is clear that he continues to be concerned about and grapple with significant personal challenges."

"I have expressed to John the tour's concern for his well-being, as well as his ongoing need to uphold the image and standards of the PGA Tour," Finchem said. "While we will continue to enforce the regulations and policies of the PGA Tour, I have advised John of the tour's willingness to support him in his efforts to deal with his personal issues."

The two-time major champion wrote that he has spent the last 10 years paying off gambling debts with his sponsorship income, hustling appearance money and "running myself ragged doing corporate outings instead of spending time with my family and working on my game."

He recalled former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson telling him at a Tucson, Ariz., rehab center in 1993 that Daly would find something he loves as much as drinking, and that he would have to be careful.

"The people around me ... were hoping, of course, that the 'something' would be practicing golf. No such luck," Daly wrote. "What I found was gambling."

He said he owed $4 million to casinos in two years of gambling until he won the 1995 British Open at St. Andrews, his second major. That victory and the ability to get handsome appearance fees, enabled him to pay off the debt.

But the gambling continued.

Daly three-putted from 15 feet on the second playoff hole against Woods at Harding Park. He headed to Las Vegas and lost $600,000 within 30 minutes. He said he took out another $600,000 line of credit and lost that in two hours.

"And here's how my sick mind analyzed the situation," Daly wrote. "My sponsorship payments would be coming through in January, so I'd be able to pay everything off and get back to even by the beginning of the new year. Everything's fine. Everything's OK. No problema. Hell, yes, there's a problema."

Daly says he has taken more control of his life in the last six years.

"I'm off those ... medications. I don't drink JD (Jack Daniels) anymore. I don't beat up on hotel rooms and cars as much. Only gambling remains a problem," he wrote.

He said he plans to start at the $25 slots in the casinos and set a "walkout loss number," which would tell him it's time to leave.

"If I make a little bit, then maybe I move up to the $100 slots or the $500 slots, or maybe I take it to the blackjack table," he wrote. "It's their money. Why not give it a shot, try to double it? And if I make a lot, I can ...

"Well, that's my plan."

Daly has been one of the most popular figures on the PGA Tour since he won the 1991 PGA Championship as the ninth alternate. He has five PGA Tour victories and career earnings of $8.7 million.

Might have a problem? Hello, Captain Obvious.

2bikemike
05-02-2006, 06:06 PM
Why didn't they mention his wife's in prison for running a drug ring?

He married Romanowskis wife?

jAZ
05-02-2006, 06:09 PM
I'm betting Daly's figure comes from the sum total of all "losses". That would probably include the "house money" that he also lost back after winning it initially.

I doubt he actually had 60M to lose unless he won some of it while gambling.

Skip Towne
05-02-2006, 06:11 PM
He married Romanowskis wife?
No, he found his own. Daly was cleared of it but her and I believe her dad were convicted.