HOW DOES HARD-DRINKING, HARD CHARGING GOLFER JOHN DALY
CLEAN UP HIS ACT? DRINK PLENTY OF BEER, BUT NO WHISKEY,
STOP MEDICATIONS AND AVOID WATER BECAUSE IT MAKES YOU SHOOT BOGIES -- "60 MINUTES"
John Daly has figured out a few things at the age of 40 after a roller-coaster ride on the fairways of professional golf and in the fast lane of life. He can drink lots of beer as long as he doesn't drink whiskey. He doesn't need the pills doctors tell him to take. And no matter how good water is for you, that's not what his body craves and besides, it makes him shoot bogies. Daly shares these pearls of wisdom with Morley Safer in a humorous and candid profile to be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, May 7 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
"[Beer is] the only thing I like to drink�I don't drink whiskey anymore, so thank God for that�. I've conquered the Jack Daniel's, that was the biggest one," he tells Safer. The whiskey cost him three marriages, got him in trouble with the Professional Golfers Association Tour and drove him into rehabilitation on three occasions.
But beer is just the thing for Daly, who keeps lots of it on ice wherever he goes. The brew fits in well with his two-packs-a-day cigarette habit and his taste for fast food, all of which makes his body a bad fit for the healthful effects of water. "My body just doesn't�it doesn't want that. It's fighting it. 'Hey what's going on, you're putting something healthy in here?'" he says. "I am to a point not very superstitious about things, but every time I drink a bottle of water I make a bogie," deadpans Daly.
As gifted a golfer as he is, Daly's downfall is his blowing up on the course -- losing his head -- and for that and other problems, doctors put him on medication that included antidepressants. Daly decided that to find himself, he needed to lose his meds. "I took myself off all this medication�that doctors were putting me on," he tells Safer, "and I looked in the mirror one day, I said, 'One thing you got to do, John, let's take care of John for now.' I used to look in the mirror and flip myself off, and now I can look in the mirror and say, 'Hey, you're alright, you're alright today, man,'"
Daly is doing it his way, as he always has, for better or worse. "I'm all feel, just like my golf game, and that's the way I have been with life."
In Sunday's profile, Daly also discusses his gambling problem which has cost him millions, his checkered love life, his triumphs and tragedies on the golf course and his appeal to his fans.