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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed but ultimately entertaining, 5 Sept. 2011
This review is from: John Daly. My Life In and Out of the Rough (Paperback)
First of all, I have a soft spot for John Daly. I met him the year he played the Irish Open, and he turned out to be a complete gentleman
(you get the impression, throughout the book, that he holds his fans in high esteem.) Like a great number of our heroes, Daly's flaws are blatantly obvious to see,
and he wears them on his sleeve. He knows he has a drink problem - this is described as a 'whiskey problem' in the book, as he can drink a few beers without
going crazy (I'm sure people anyone in A.A. would say he's in denial.) He smokes a gazillion cigarettes a day, falls in love (or at least, marries) extremely easily,
and seems to only eat either food that has been alive previously (preferably the ribs) or McDonalds. What is most endearing is his honesty. The conversational
tone of the book, and the informal style of writing are not to everyone's tastes...what starts out like going for a beer listening to an old pal rant, becomes
somewhat tiresome toward the end. As a previous reviewer mentioned, some of the important issues from John's childhood and past (which have clearly affected
him a great deal, eg. the Dad/loaded gun incident) are well and truly skimmed over, as though he'd rather talk about how much fun his camper van is than the
issues which have contributed to his flaws. Despite this, he comes across as extremely likeable, and the book is entertaining. For anyone looking for an in-depth
account of the trials and tribulations of a professional golfer, or life on tour, then look elsewhere ('A Good Walk Spoiled' by Josh Feinstein is a great, albeit dated,
place to start)...however if you want a glimpse into the unorthodox but entertaining life of one of golf's originals then this is for you.
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