ESPN has announced a new set of its incredibly popular 30 for 30 documentaries, including one about two-time Major winner John Daly.
It’s more of a surprise that such a film hasn’t done before than that it will happen now. Daly, known nowadays for his loud pants, swagger, and frequent marriages, exploded onto the PGA scene in 1991 when he won the PGA Championship after entering the tournament as the ninth alternate.
He became famous for his bouts with alcoholism, his long-drive ability, which was the inspiration for the Adam Sandler comedy “Happy Gilmore,” and for the fact that despite it all, he won a second Major, the 1995 Open Championship, four years later.
Now 49, has 19 professional wins, but his last PGA victory came in 2004, nearly 10 years after the one before that. He also won the 2001 BMW International on the European Tour, a fact largely forgotten by most, as it occurred just nine days before the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks on the US.
This is only the second of more than 70 “30 for 30” films to prominently feature golf; the previous one, entitled “June 17, 1994” touched on Arnold Palmer’s final US Open appearance that Sunday, the same date as games in the World Cup, NBA Finals, NHL Finals, and the still bizarre O.J. Simpson police “chase”.