John Daly is one of the most beloved golfers to ever play on the PGA Tour and it’s mostly because of his fun-loving, drinking/smoking, funky pants wearing and long-ball hitting ways.
He’s truly a one of a kind personality, especially in the somewhat rigid and arguably pretentious world of golf.
One man who fits the mold of the more typical golfer would be Tiger Woods, one of the game’s greatest who’s known for his strict workout regiments and undying devotion to the integrity sport.
So based on their respective reputations and archetypes, the following story that John Daly told the Golf Channel’s senior writer, Rex Hoggard, about a time he asked Tiger to grab a beer shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone.
Here’s what happened when Daly asked Tiger to grab a beer back in 2004, courtesy of the Golf Channel.
It was during the 2004 Target World Challenge and Daly had just completed the Wednesday pro-am with some friends and was in the clubhouse drinking and telling stories when Tiger Woods walked into the room.
“Tiger’s there in his workout clothes and I said, ‘Tiger come have a beer with us, man,’” Daly recalls.
Woods declined, explaining that he was bound for the gym and one of his ubiquitous workout sessions. Daly persisted, “I go, ‘Man, you don’t need to work out. You need to drink a little bit with us.’”
Woods’ answer is the stuff of legend.
“He said, ‘If I had your talent I’d be doing the same thing you’re doing,’” Daly says. “I’m looking at him thinking ‘you’re crazy, man.’”
The interesting part of the exchange definitely isn’t Tiger passing up a beer, but rather his comment back to Daly saying “If I had your talent.”
Was that a tongue-in-cheek jab at Daly and his swashbuckling ways, or was it a self-deprecating response and an attempt at flattery from the 14-time major champion?
Some things we’ll never know the answer to – including what on Earth John Daly and Tiger Woods might have talked about at that bar.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.