Thursday, May 29, 2008

Knocking on Heaven's Door - John Daly

One of the biggest perks about working for the PGA TOUR travel staff is being invited to certain social functions hosted by the different tournaments each week. One that really stands out in my mind from this year was a mid-week party for all of the amateur players in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Dozens of local restaurants set up tables of their finest cuisine in a Palm Springs resort ballroom, and hundreds of participants and their guests enjoyed a great evening of food, drink and a local band playing some background music.

As the night wore on, one of the professional golfers at the party made a surprise appearance for one song. In my decade out on TOUR, I’ve only seen one pro get on stage to perform, and that of course is John Daly. Unfortunately, when in front of a large crowd, J.D. seems to be a one-trick pony. Every single time I’ve seen him, he plays “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”, and this night was no different. So Daly started strumming away and gently eased into the lyrics, as he always does (I’ve got little musical instrument experience, but I think he’s about a 4 handicap on the guitar). To his credit, J.D. usually nails this song, given that he plays it so often. But on this particular night, Daly’s back-up vocalists are the ones responsible for making the song so memorable. Sharing a microphone and screaming the chorus were none other than Alice Cooper (wearing his famous make-up) and a slimmed-down Meat Loaf (both of who were playing in the tournament). So there was the one of the oddest rock bands you’ll ever see…Long John, Alice, and the Loaf, belting out Guns N’ Roses at the top of their collective lungs, with veins popping and voices straining. Half of the crowd was screaming with them, and half of the crowd stood silent with a look of bewilderment…”Just what am I witnessing here?” It was a rather surreal moment.

That being said, I’d like to admit that I really like John Daly. He’s always been nice to me out on TOUR, and I’ve seen many examples of his generosity with both fans and other players. The guy just likes to have a good time! I do believe he’s not getting the most out of his inherent golf talent. I think he could still be a major force on the TOUR, with the right attitude. I wish him the best, and think he needs to start practicing some other songs.

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Anonymous Bob said...

Who looks less healthy in person, Daly or Meat Loaf?

July 1, 2008 4:18 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

Definitely Daly...

July 1, 2008 5:18 PM  

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