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.