JOHN DALY - Famous Bipolar Golfer
John Patrick Daly is an American golfer born in Carmichael, California on April 28, 1966. He is mostly known for his long distance driving tee. He is also popular for his hard and rough personality and attitude. His swings are so distinct they can be recognized even without seeing the player. He is also said to have won the Driving Distance crown 11 times in a row.
He started playing golf at the age of four. John Attended Helias High School in Jefferson City, Missouri. In high school, he became the letterman in golf and football, becoming the Champion of the Missouri state and earning a number of records in football as well. He furthered his education at the University of Arkansas, where he became part of the golf team. He started playing professional golf in 1987, winning the Ben Hogan Utah Classic in 1990. In 1991, John joined the PGA Tour, winning the PGA Championship of the year. He earned a lot of attention from the media following this victory and the fact that he was the last alternate of the game. In 1992, John won the BC Open and the BellSouth Classic in 1994. He also won the British Open in 1995.
John won the 2004 Buick Invitational, which earned him an exemption for two years. John in 2007 registered for the Tour season for the first time without full exempt status after the expiration of his two year 2004 exempt. He lost the exempt status for life when he finished on the 193rd position on the 2006 PGA Official Money List. He was however suspended in December 2008 for six months by the PGA Tour. On resumption from his suspension, John competed on the European Tour. He then went for a surgery to lose 40 pounds of weight, after which he could wear the Loudmouth Golf Apparel. He however claimed to be losing confidence in his game, which his manager blamed on his weight-loss surgery.
John Daly is known to have suffered bipolar disorder. He is known to have a bad temper and a strong stubborn personality. He took to drinking at the age of 23, allegedly to get rid of depression. He was admitted to Betty Ford Clinic and other addiction programs, but he never quit. He was once reported to have thrown his scoring card in the scoring tent and walked away because he was upset. He was also given a suspension for leaving in the middle of play during a Kapulua International game. He also exhibited his depression by hitting a ball when it was still moving and then walked off the pitch. These are clear signs of bipolar disorder. Daly can be seen clearly as not being able to concentrate.
In 1998, he was reported as shivering when he tried playing. His coach left him, claiming getting drunk was the most important thing in Daly's life. Due to his drinking habits, an alcoholic drink was named John Daly. His depression and drinking habit has been related to his failed marriages and his weight problem.
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