John Daly Talks About His Near Death Experience

Daly is one of the most flamboyant characters in golf, but he is definitely one of the most unhealthy, he once went on a diet of whiskey and popcorn after being told too loose weight. 

John had a massive scare last weekend at a local golf tournament when a collapsed lung caused him to loose consciousness.



Speaking on SirusXM PGA Tour radio on Tuesday Night, Daly talked about the collapse and his health more generally, even managing to lift the mood with a few jokes:

“I’m walking off with my buddy Will and next thing I know – it’s like kinda one of those buddy-buddy things, you’ve got your arm around him – and next thing I know he just told me I just fell straight over. Next thing I knew a nurse was talking to me. They did mouth-to-mouth and everything. I was probably gone for at least, I don’t know how long. … They put me on a bunch of IVs and I ended up being in the hospital. I kind of looked at the doctor kind of deranged and I go, ‘What happened?’ He goes, ‘Well, you’ve got a collapsed lung and you told the paramedics that you had rib problems, and your vital signs were really good when you came back to life.’ They thought I had a heart attack. But I only smoke two packs of cigarettes a day, not three, so I’ll be alright.”

“I’ve been dealing with this injury since I was seven. And I’ve been fighting it and fighting it and fighting it and trying to play this great game of golf. And the only reason I keep doing it is because I love the game of golf, like everybody out here does. We do things, it’s my living for one, but I guarantee all these beautiful people out here that are listening to this and enjoying the game of golf, if they love it as much as I do you want to play it anytime you can, whether it is with your friends or whether it is your club championship or a match-play tournament or whatever, but for me it’s my life. It’s my living. I play to win, I don’t play to lose. I could care less about the money, I just want to play. Unfortunately this is one of those things that happened that’s going to put me out for at least another three or four weeks. Hopefully I’ll be able to tee it up in Dunhill if I get in and just play there and hopefully everything will be ok.”