John Daly has lived a very interesting life. He was recently the feature of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary titled “Hit it Hard” that was a spectacular look at the man who has won two major championships and battled many demons throughout his life.
Last Thursday, Daly joined the Dan Le Batard Show and told yet another story that makes his life even more crazy.
After winning some money at a casino, Daly got into an argument with his then wife, now fourth ex-wife, Sherri and decided to teach her a lesson by tossing his winnings off of a bridge.
“I won like $55,000 in the casino and I said (to Sherri), if you’re going to yell and scream at me about this, I threw it over the bridge going over to Memphis from Arkansas. I threw all the money out the (car) window and said, ‘You know what, if you want that money, you can go find it. But let me tell you something, you don’t have a job. You’re not working. I’m supporting you, I’m paying all the bills.’
“My buddy (then) took her to a McDonald’s drive-thru and got her two cheeseburgers and some french fries and a soda, and (it was like), ‘OK, this is how you can live from now on if that’s the way you want it.’ “
Here’s a clip of the story. You can listen to the full interview here.
Daly’s ex-wife corroborated the story in her own book, Teed Off: My Life as a Player’s Wife on the PGA Tour, that was released in 2011. She also mentions that she went back to the bridge and attempted to recover as much of the loose cash as possible.
Eventually he got to be a Ryder Cup captain; after Fred Couples of course!