Hanging with John Daly

By: Steve Moss
By: Steve Moss

It isn't every day that you get to spend a couple of hours with one of golf's true superstars, but on Sunday that's exactly what we did. Sporting those colorful Loudmouth pants, John Daly, golf's "everyman," held court with a handful of people just before he and ex-Wildcat golfer J.B. Holmes helped usher in a new chapter in Winchester golf.

It isn't every day that you get to spend a couple of hours with one of golf's true superstars, but on Sunday that's exactly what we did. Sporting those colorful Loudmouth pants, John Daly, golf's "everyman," held court with a handful of people just before he and ex-Wildcat golfer J.B. Holmes helped usher in a new chapter in Winchester golf.

Daly and Holmes appeared at Bart Mahan's new course, Mahan Manor Golf and Hunt Club, a scenic track located in southern Clark Co.  Daly and Holmes entertained more than 1,100 fans with a clinic, followed by an exhibition match.

Daly is exactly what you'd expect him to be: an engaging, life-of-the-party type, who can hit a golf ball a country mile. 

The man loves college football, especially the Arkansas Razorbacks, where Big John played, before joining the PGA Tour in 1991.  Daly bemoaned the fact his beloved Razorbacks lost this weekend to Alabama -- "we need a defensive coordinator."

Kentucky fans might be curious to know Daly has a relationship with John Calipari, dating back to when both men lived in Memphis.  Daly says he met Calipari and quickly struck up a friendship. 

"He can relate to players," Daly told me.  "I tried to get him to take the Arkansas job before (John) Pelphrey."

Daly insists the Cats are in good hands, even saying he thinks UK will win a national title within three years.

"I'd bet on it," Daly said.

Somehow, I believe him.

Daly freely admits his life has taken many twists and turns, and says he might take a year off before giving the Tour another shot. 

"I can afford to take a year off," he said.

Somehow, I believe that, too.

He says he's in great shape, having shaved 12 inches off his waist, thanks to lap-band surgery.  Daly says with the surgery, he's had to forgo his love of Diet Cokes.

Hopefully, the fans who attended Sunday's event at Mahan Manor Golf and Hunt Club were treated to an entertaining afternoon with two of golf's longest hitters.  For this duffer, it was neat just to hear a few of Daly's stories.

Those are the highlights... Stay tuned.

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