John Daly Once Played Rugby in a Casino and Suffered a Painful Ending

Published 11/21/2021, 1:35 PM EST


John Daly is just as well known for his off-course shenanigans as he is for his achievements in golf. In fact, the 55-year-old’s scandals have often overshadowed his accomplishments, and he is always the center of a controversy. However, the best story about his antics is, in all likelihood, the one where he played rugby in a casino.

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Steve Elkington, 10-time winner on the PGA Tour, appeared in GOLF’s Subpar early on in the year. There, he revealed this tale from back in the day when they were in Sun City together, playing a tournament.

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John Daly gets ‘poleaxed’ into the wall while playing Rugby

Elkington recollects that a day before the Sunday round of the tournament, the two were at a casino party. On their way to the washrooms, they came across a couple of South Africans who not only recognized them but asked them whether they knew how to play Rugby. Daly, always eager for a competition, agreed. Elkington, however, was quick to turn down the offer.

“Daly goes down into a three-point stance,” Elkington said. “He comes out of his stance after these three guys, and they absolutely poleaxed him into the wall behind him. It knocked a couple of paintings down.” Daly stops the game, says his boots were slipping, and takes them off.

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In spite of the beating, Daly didn’t surrender and went back! Elkington said, “I thought he might’ve seriously had a concussion or something after the first time.” Again, he gets smashed, and the former comes to his rescue. He said, “I get John, I sit him up on the stairs, and I say ‘Mate, are you ok?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I’m fine.'”

And apparently, Daly never quite got his boots back, as Elkington saw him later at the party sipping cocktails in his socks.

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Well, that’s one way to party. But, what else did you expect from Daly?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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