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June 9, 2009

The Daly Impact

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg Gaston @ 9:31 pm

If Tiger Woods was playing in this week’s St. Jude Classic, things would have to change. Security would have to be beefed up. Ticket takers would be extremely busy. The economic impact from the golf event over the course of this week would be magnified ten fold. Tiger Woods is the draw of all draws. Only problem….Tiger won’t be playing Memphis.
On the other hand John Daly will. We don’t know if J.D. will be here for two rounds or four, but the big guy is playing. It’s his first PGA event since a 6 month suspension was laid on him for his antics last year in North Carolina where a drunken Daly was found….well, I’ll spare you the details.
In the last six months Daly has lost some weight. Plenty of weight. He has also honed his game playing tournaments in Europe. He didn’t win any, but he finished them all. No blow-ups, no melt-downs. It’s a new gentile Daly.
Now I’ll get to my point. John Daly is the biggest draw Memphis can have other than Tiger. He’s even bigger, (sad but true) then Phil Mickelson who will be here this week. Daly is a Mid-South Icon. He’s a trailer park hero. He’s a Redneck Legend. He’s all of the above. He’s also a novel on the N.Y Times Best selling list with a few chapters still to be written.
Oh they’ll come Ray, they most definitely will come.
It won’t be Tiger Mania this week at TPC Southwind, but it will be a Daly dose of down home country goodness.

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1 Comment »

  1. It’s amazing to me that anyone cares at all about this idiot. Anyone who can blow the kind of dough and make the stupid choices he does and STILL command attention is incredible.

    Comment by Wyatt — June 10, 2009 @ 11:35 am


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