If there is one professional golfer on tour that can sympathize with what Tiger Woods has gone through over the past year-and-a-half, there is no doubt it is John Daly. He understands all too well the pain and embarrassment that goes along with the not-so-pleasant aspects of one’s personal life getting exposed and the fallout that occurs as a result. That’s why it is so interesting – and informative – to hear Daly’s thoughts regarding what Tiger did and why he might have done it (hint: Elin wasn’t putting out).
During a wide-ranging interview on Atlanta’s 790 The Zone, Daly covers a multitude of topics, but the most interesting is his take on Tiger.
Daly said he had a conversation with Tiger at the Players Championship last year about the whole mess, and after saying he didn’t want to talk specifics because it was “a personal conversation,” Daly proceeds to essentially disclose, albeit in a roundabout way, the details of that very hush hush chit chat and how if Tiger had only addressed the controversy head on from the get-go, the disclosure of some of the uglier, whoremongering details could have possibly been averted.
So, there was some way to get people to at least partially understand what was going on had he come out and spoken candidly?
“Exactly. I mean, you’re looking at a guy who all the way through his college days, all there was was golf, golf, golf, golf golf. And then there was more golf. And then there was more golf. The guy never had a chance to live a life, and you know, certain things that people go through they find out they like and don’t like. And as a young man or whatever, there’s certain things you like and certain things you don’t like. He found out late what he really liked because he was never around it. He didn’t have a chance to find out what women were like and what girls were like that much until he was in his late teens, late late, almost 20. I don’t think folks realize that.”
But doesn’t everybody lose the right to have sex with others after making the decision to get married?
“Well you should if your wife’s good and makes love to you when you want to be made love to, and does things with you and wants to do things with you, and wants to support you, and wants to be with you in your career, wants to take the selfish side of the player. I mean, in this sport, in major sports no matter what, even a guy that runs a multi-billion dollar corporation — a woman has to understand that it’s a lot on a person’s shoulders to deal with. You can either be a part of it, supportive and keep going, and not go your materialistic ways that I’ve been through. My exes, if you look at my life, they just quit supporting me. Plus, they didn’t want to have sex anymore. And when that happens — and I’ve always been straight up front with every one of them — I said ‘if you’re not going to give it to me, I am going to go get it somewhere else.’ And that’s just the way I’ve been whether there’s a ring on my finger or not. Is that adultery? Maybe so, but from what I understand, when you’re married they’re supposed to give it to you.”
Hoo boy. And just to be clear, when a person is married, going to “get it somewhere else” isn’t “maybe” adultery, that’s pretty much the definition of it. But Daly, God love him, understands that life isn’t so simple all the time. He chooses not to live in a world of black and white only – a fact confirmed by his flashy, stylized outfits.