‘I Love What You’ve Done For Me, But You’re Killing Me’: Years After His Troubled Split, John Daly Once Opened Up on What Went Wrong With Callaway

Published 09/27/2022, 12:30 PM EDT
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA – SEPTEMBER 18: John Daly of the United States putts on the 5th green during the second round of the Sanford International Presented by Cambria at Minnehaha Country Club on September 18, 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

John Daly is a great golfer known for his colorful personality and is loved by his fans. He has had his share of downfalls, like his struggles with alcohol, gambling addiction, and separations from his ex-wives. His life had so many twists and turns that the Golf channel went on to broadcast a reality TV show in 2010 based on his life, named, ‘Being John Daly.’

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Once At Rancho Cucamonga, California, he was at a country club standing in the rain with Tom Chiarella, an Esquire reporter, waiting out a storm. They were recording Daly’s day-to-day life for the reality show. Tom had a QnA session where Daly revealed many things about his life and healthcare. He also talked about his experience with Callaway sponsorship.

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John Daly revealed the truth behind his Callaway Sponsorship

Daly was suffering with alcohol addiction and many doctors were helping him overcome his stress and related issues, making him a better person. In the interview, he talked to Tom about the time when he used to take Paxil, which is an anti-depressant drug prescribed to OCD patients. The medication did not suit him, and he was bloated most of the time. Daly revealed he had to take them as part of the contract with Callaway.

According to Daly, Callaway was putting him on only one anti-depressant and they were not switching to another. To Tom’s surprise, he also said that the uncontrollable shakes that he witnessed in Vancouver during the tournament resulted from the side effects of Paxil.

BOCA RATON, FL – OCTOBER 30: John Daly makes birdie at the 18th hole during the first round of the PGA TOUR Champions Timber Tech Championship at The Old Course at Broken Sound on October 30, 2020 in Boca Raton, FL. (Photo by Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

The medicines were slowly killing him, and he did not see any improvement, rather witnessed only side effects. He said to Callaway, “Mr. Callaway, I love you to death. I love what you’ve done for me, but you’re killing me.”

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The end of the journey of Daly with Callaway

Callaway and John Daly go back to when they sponsored him until they ended the contract in 1999, due to his addictions. The contract clearly stated that Daly had to refrain from alcohol and gambling. But he was seen drinking in Nevada, hence the breach.

They offered Daly treatment at Callaway’s expense, but he denied admission to the treatment center. Because of this behavior, Ely Callaway, the founder and chairperson of the company, dropped the contract immediately and ended their business relationship. The agreement was worth at least $2 million and was supposed to run through till 2001.

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Saumya Yashawant

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A Commerce graduate who turned her passion into her profession, Saumya is a Golf writer at Essentially Sports. Having developed the love for the sport at a very young age, she watched Tiger Woods and caught inspiration from his legacy early on. Apart from Woods, she shares great admiration for her country's players like Vishwanathan Anand and Neeraj Chopra.

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