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DALY FORGIVEN, BUT OTHER 'GOOD' GUYS ARE VILIFIED.



Byline: KEVIN MODESTI

A new form of excess was added to the John Daly John Daly is the name of:
  • John Charles Daly, veteran radio & TV newsman and television host on What's My Line?
  • John Daly (athlete), a British athlete who won an Olympic silver medal.
  • John Daly (golfer), a professional golfer on the PGA Tour.
 record this week, to go with the golfer's drinking, overeating overeating

eating too much food too quickly; leads to acute gastric dilatation in dogs and horses, acute carbohydrate engorgement in ruminants, dietetic (dietary) diarrhea in young calves and foals, abomasal tympany in bottle fed lambs and calves.
, chain-smoking, gambling losses, drinking, domestic discord, hotel vandalism, drinking, verbal outbursts and drinking.

After ending a nearly 10-year American-tour losing streak at Torrey Pines Torrey Pines can refer to:
  • Torrey Pine, a broad, open-crowned pine.
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course, a municipal public golf course owned by the city of San Diego, California.
  • Torrey Pines High School, a high school in the North County Coastal area of San Diego, California.
 last Sunday, Daly came to Riviera Country Club The Riviera Country Club is a country club with a championship golf course. It is located in Pacific Palisades, California, within the city limits of Los Angeles, California. The country club opened in 1926, with George C. Thomas, Jr. as the course architect.  for the Nissan Open The Northern Trust Open, formally known as the Nissan Open and originally known as the Los Angeles Open, is a regular golf tournament on the PGA Tour. It is played annually in February in Pacific Palisades, California.  embraced as the feel-good story of the young season.

Fans reached out to him. Opponents gushed. Reporters swooned.

So now who's guilty of overindulgence o·ver·in·dulge  
v. o·ver·in·dulged, o·ver·in·dulg·ing, o·ver·in·dulg·es

v.tr.
1. To indulge (a desire, craving, or habit) to excess: overindulging a fondness for chocolate.
?

If this story gets any more sugarcoated, Daly is going to have it for breakfast before heading to the first tee at 10:10 this morning to try to begin a final-round rally from a tie for fifth place, eight shots behind leader Mike Weir
For the Scottish politician, see Michael Weir.


Michael Richard Weir C.M., O.Ont. (born May 12, 1970) is a professional golfer on the PGA Tour.

Weir was born in Brights Grove, Ontario, Canada. He attended St.
.

``How could you root against him?'' golfer Briny Baird Michael Jancey "Briny" Baird (born May 11, 1972) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour.

Baird was born in Miami Beach, Florida.
, one of the golfers chasing leader Mike Weir, said Friday. ``It's not good for golf, it's great for golf.''

``What's Not to Like?'' read a headline in the Toronto Star, which added that ``Daly's warts'' are the reason ``fans love him.''

``Golf can use a John Daly,'' wrote my Daily News friend Steve Dilbeck, referring to Daly's ``colorful'' past.

What I'd like to know is where all this sympathy was when dozens of athletes before Daly were screwing up their careers with addictions, indiscretions and arrests.

Darryl Strawberry, Steve Howe, David Thompson, George Best, Mike Tyson and Patrick Valenzuela probably wonder the same thing.

They were, or are, ridiculed or reviled as dissipated louts The Louts, is a left tributary of the Adour, in Aquitaine, in the Southwest of France. Name
The name Louts could be related to the Basque cognate lohizun 'marsh'. It is documented in medieval Latin as Fluvius qui dicitur Lossium[1].
 who squandered squan·der  
tr.v. squan·dered, squan·der·ing, squan·ders
1. To spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate. See Synonyms at waste.

2.
 their God-given talents.

But Daly is, as Golf World magazine's Ron Sirak wrote, ``the common man with uncommon talents who refuses to climb into the cookie cutter, try as the world might to put him there.''

Strange that when people think of Darryl Strawberry, they think, ``Cocaine.''

But when they think of John Daly, they think, ``Salt of the earth.''

Permit me a dissenting opinion dissenting opinion n. (See: dissent) .

It's fine to root for Daly to beat back his demons Demons
See also devil; evil; ghosts; hell; spirits and spiritualism.

ademonist

one who denies the existence of the devil or demons.

bogyism, bogeyism

recognition of the existence of demons and goblins.
, correct to cheer when he succeeds, natural to smile when he taps in to win last week's Buick Invitational and sheds tears of joy.

To treat this as a feel-good story, though, misses the point.

More than anything else, Daly is a sad case, a 37-year-old player who's good enough to win two major tournaments - 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 British Open- but had won only two other events coming into 2004.

That is to say, before the Buick, he'd had as many weddings as PGA Tour victories.

The record says that if you get excited about a Daly resurgence like this month's, you're setting yourself up for disappointment.

Why does Daly inspire affection that other misbehaving athletes don't?

I've seen it said there's a racial double standard at work here.

``If he were a black basketball player, he likely wouldn't be getting all these chances to win our hearts back,'' Dr. Richard Lapchick, director of the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, told Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel.

But there have been plenty of troubled white athletes who didn't become working-class heroes like Daly.

''I think fans relate to some of the things I've gone through,'' Daly said Saturday after grinding out a 1-over-par 72 for a three-round total of 9-under 204. ``And they know I love them.''

But how many golf fans do you know who have been through a fraction of Daly's troubles?

``I think people think he has a good heart,'' Weir said Sunday. ``He's a likable guy.''

But the two most-troubled athletes I've covered, Howe and Valenzuela, were likable guys. It's one of the reasons they were given so many second chances. If they'd been jerks, they might have been told enough is enough.

Maybe we're seeing the difference between team and individual sports. Howe, the pitcher, let down the Dodgers when he went AWOL. Valenzuela, the jockey, leaves horse owners in the lurch when he's suspended. Daly hurts nobody except himself.

But that's on the course. Daly's victims elsewhere include the ex-wife he pleaded guilty to harassing, the people depending on the $20 million he is said to have gambled away in the 1990s, the stewardess he engaged in a drunken altercation, the owners of the hotel room he trashed trashed  
adj. Slang
Drunk or intoxicated.

Our Living Language Expressions for intoxication are among those that best showcase the creativity of slang.
 and the sponsors he embarrassed.

Fans, how does a man with all that on his record become perhaps the most- rooted-for golfer at the Nissan Open this weekend, a ``likable guy,'' ``great for golf''?

The Darryl Strawberrys of the world await your answer.

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2 photos

Photo:

(1)The one thing John Daly seems to do better than making comebacks is keeping fans in his corner.

(2) Fans never seem to tire of watching the erratic John Daly work himself in and out of trouble, on and off the course.

Gus Ruelas/Staff Photographer
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Date:Feb 22, 2004
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