Below is a video of golfer John Daly, winner of two Grand Slam championships. Daly is barefoot in Myrtle Beach hitting a tee shot off a can of beer (with that long, still amazing swing) and then chugging the beer/tee. Daly has struggled with alcohol throughout his checkered (and glorious) career, but no longer works at achieving the traditional definition of sobriety. His “grip it and rip it” style dictates a let-it-all-hang-out lifestyle that Daly has decided to embrace rather than battle against. (For more on this see the ESPN 30 for 30 film on Daly, a great look at Daly’s unique journey.)
— Myrtle Beach Golf (@MB_GolfHoliday) April 10, 2017
Now here’s a video of Sergio Garcia from earlier in the week, as Garcia — the 2017 Masters Champion — makes eagle on the 15th hole at Augusta. It was Garcia’s first Grand Slam title, after years of striving and tough luck and perseverance. (Garcia burst onto the scene in 1999 at the PGA Championship; Daly had burst onto the scene in 1991 by winning the PGA.) Garcia never lost track of his pursuit, despite the financial comforts of a very lucrative career. The two videos are interesting side by side because they show two very different ways of going about golf and life. No judgement here. Daly still has more majors than Garcia, and short-lived greatness in golf is far more common than decades-long consistency Garcia has demonstrated. For perspective, Daly, 50, and Garcia, 37, were once — briefly — competitors and rivals.
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 9, 2017