John Daly sets up outside gates

Report by Rhonda Cook:

Golf bad boy John Daly wasn’t invited to play this year’s Masters Tournament so he simply parked his 45-foot RV across the street from Augusta National for the week.

Instead of a purse for playing in the tournament, the money he will take with him when he leaves Augusta will come from hawking a plethora of John Daly merchandise: hats, T-shirts, towels and club covers for $20 and bracelets and pit flags for $5. His idea of golf shorts – more like something a surfer would wear than a golfer – sell for $75.

Daly says as he signs merchandise for fans, poses for photographs or gathers $2,000 in merchandise that will go into gift bags to be given at a dinner Tuesday evening.

Want a CD of Daly and his band singing? The 11-song disc “I only Know One Way” – many of the 11 original songs – can be picked up a week before the music will be distributed.

His version of Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” plays from the stereo in the Provost, his home on wheels. He’s wearing an Arkansas Razorbacks T-shirt and a wrist band with the words “Arkansas” printed on it.

“John, I came back to see you,” a man shouts as he gets closer to the RV parked just a few yards from Washington and Berckmans Roads.

The man, handing Daly items to autograph, announces “you’re my son’s hero.”

Girlfriend Anna Cladakis, the main Daly souvenir pusher, smiles and tells another customer “he’s out here to support his fans.” Then she leans over the table and whispers “he should be playing.”

Daly’s professional life has been controversial.

In his autobiography, also on sale at the make-shift store outside his RV, Daly writes about his trouble with gambling and alcohol.

Daly writes that he may have gambled away in 15 years as much as $50 million to $60 million. He also has boasted to drinking a fifth of Jack Daniel’s every day for a year. He was once removed from a British Airways flight for drinking too much and harassing a flight attendant. He writes that he entered several alcohol addiction programs, including the Betty Ford Clinic in California.

He has been disqualified or suspended from tournaments for boorish behavior during play.

But after the Masters ends Sunday, Daly will go to Hilton Head, S.C., where he is to play.

He will be driving the RV. “It’s home,” Daly said, moving on to the next fan.

10 comments Add your comment

Rob Vinson

April 6th, 2010
1:55 pm

Big John, making it a $dollar at a time! I hope he plays well at the Heritage….maybe get the game back on track again.

Cuz

April 6th, 2010
4:52 pm

My brother hangs out with him when he comes to Augusta. John has been a heck of a nice guy whenever I have been around him. Good luck at the Heritage John.

mds

April 6th, 2010
9:36 pm

gotta love him. jd is da’ man! love his show too!

LikaLika

April 7th, 2010
12:30 am

I know REDHILL G.C. Good too see you out there. Also Iam buying a car from Mark Christopher, their add on your shirt is working. We know you can do it, keep working hard it will come, 4 rounds in the 60s and you will make our weekend.

Justin stonehill

April 7th, 2010
1:13 am

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Justin stonehill

April 7th, 2010
1:16 am

John is so awesome I mean I live in Augusta and I got to sit down and talk to him he gave me a free towel and sighned it for me! Go John hopefully he plays Augustan

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db

April 7th, 2010
9:14 pm

Not sure John would want to be seen with a Provost. A Prevost on the other hand…

Buckie

April 8th, 2010
11:42 am

DALY ROCKS KEEP IT REAL

Jimmy

April 9th, 2010
5:26 pm

Just goes to show ya, God loves his Drunks and the United States of America!!! Only in America, Baby!!!