Before your Thursday gets worse, ask yourself if you’re really surprised that a pro-Saudi tour, the inspiration for Roy McAvoy’s story, if “Tin Cup 2” ever happens, would be really surprised. John Daly sets up headquarters in a Hooters near Augusta every April, will sign anything from a cocktail napkin to a love handle for the right price, and smokes hundreds of something cheap during tournaments, chances are he’s always interested in where where the money comes from. long.
So long in fact that not only was he trying to join the Saudi royal family’s vanity scheme, he “begged Greg Norman” to let him join. In an interview at Piers Morgan Uncensoredthat should have alerted unsuspecting fans to where the debate was headed, the cautionary tale showed even less awareness than the professionals who have already taken a blood oath.
“I begged Greg Norman to let me be on the LIV tour. You know, we work very hard. I played with Brian Harman in a practice round and some other guys in the practice rounds at the British Open and it’s like playing a pro-am. We got it, okay? This is the backbone of many of our tournaments. But, says Brian Harman, “give us a box of chocolates for trying.”
John, the precarious state of your finances that led you to tour the United States via Winnebago is a product of your own doing. No one forced you to become dangerously self-destructive — hence the “self” part of the term.
The dialogue was not over, however. Dali had more complaints.
“We make site visits. We do this, we do that. I play two-three pro-ams every week on the Champions Tour and you know we don’t play for a lot of money on the Champions Tour. So I feel pretty good, I’m not getting much out of it. What are we doing?’
“We need to be compensated for this. The LIV tour gives players that. They play pro-am, it’s a big party and they play for a lot of money. These guys that are on this tour deserve this money. I think there are a lot of other guys who deserve that money, especially this old guy.”
Dali deserves everything he has and hasn’t received in his life, so spare me the sob story.
He went on to say that the crown prince is a “great guy” because he “has given so much money to deserving golfers.” At least he’s honest, I guess. The host and guest didn’t talk about the ethics of the LIV Tour other than offering a bunch of what about the PGA Tour.
The only redeemable thing Daly said was a plea to let him “go to the party and get all my friends to do the concerts and stuff” for LIV events. Whatever awful country music it hints at is undoubtedly not the redeemable track I was referring to. I want it to be real entertainment. Give him some of the money that Tiger rejected and turn him into the jester of the tour.
Isn’t that about the PGA right now? He shows up in a brightly colored outfit, makes fun of himself and the game, provides flexibility early because he doesn’t matter late, and everyone forgets about him until he goes to the next event and falls out of his RV with a wave of clearances.
The Saudis didn’t reject him because he’s “too big,” as Dali claims Norman told him. They don’t want him because they’re trying to be a viable PGA contender, and if they start signing side acts and lean further into publicity stunts, the legitimacy they’re looking for diminishes.
The Saudis want golfers, not caricatures of golfers. But maybe the next time the prince needs a clown for a birthday party, he’ll call Dali.