GIRONA, Spain -- Two-time major winner
John Daly's latest bid to resurrect his career is for his
own benefit and not to prove his detractors wrong, the American said
Daly, 43, is rehabilitating by losing weight and trying to
give up a diet and lifestyle that saw him balloon to nearly 280
pounds less than three months ago.
A surgical procedure has enabled
him to slim down to 220 lbs, around the weight he was when he
won the 1991 U.S. PGA Championship and 1995 British Open.
A desire to get his major-winning form back after being
banned from playing on the PGA Tour for six months last
November for bringing the tour into disrepute has been the
driving force behind his weight loss, Daly said.
"I don't have any points to prove to anyone," Daly, who has
committed to several European Tour events before his American
ban ends in June, told reporters at the Spanish Open.
"I'm doing this for myself. I want the consistency I've not
had since 2004. To win again is the most important thing to me,
not what people think about me."
Daly's U.S. tour ban came after he spent a night in jail after being
found drunk outside a bar in North Carolina. It was the last of a litany of
indiscretions including playing the last seven holes of a tournament with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden as his caddy, appearing shirtless in a televised interview and hitting
balls off a beer-bottle top in pro-ams.
He called his night in jail "a case of mistaken identity"
but decided to "stand up for a couple of buddies" and turn the
ban into a positive.
"I've been able to work on my game. I had nine hours'
putting one day and two days hitting a lot of balls, for
instance. I've actually enjoyed the time off. I was going
Dubbed the "Wild Thing" early in his career, Daly is
prepared to handle his latest comeback attempt quietly.
"I don't expect too much this week, I can't force it," he
said. "The only guy who can do that is Tiger [Woods]."
Information from Reuters and The Associated Press was used in this report.