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'The most explicit sporting autobiography of recent years' Guardian 'An open, honest account' The Times 'Does not gloss over any aspect of his life' Daily Mail 'Describes with brutal honesty his excessive life on the pro-golf circuit, both on and off the green.' Daily Express 'A rollercoaster read,' Belfast Telegraph --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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John Daly is one of the most popular professional golfers in the world today. Celebrated for his towering tee shots, Daly has won the PGA's Driving Distance Crown a record-setting eleven times. He was named the 1990 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and went on to win the PGA Championship the following year and the British Open in 1995. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling autobiography My Life In and Out of the Rough: The Truth Behind All That Bull**** You Think You Know About Me.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (May 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061120626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061120626
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bernard Chapin on May 23, 2006
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The sports autobiography may be one of the few genres in which the publishing industry has realized strong growth as there is no shortage of new releases concerning the athletes that so many of us admire. Golfer John Daly is the latest to tempt readers with an autobiography. Just after it was issued, it received considerable media attention, mostly due to its admission that the author gambled away, in the course of his career, over 50 to 60 million dollars.

My Life in and Out of the Rough: The Truth Behind All that Bull**** You Think You Know About Me promises to be a wild and "shocking" ride, but, strangely enough, it isn't as John Daly is one of the few people on this earth whose personality and essence closely correspond with his physical appearance. Simply due to repeated observation, readers will not be surprised to learn that he is impulsive, undisciplined, gluttonous, financially reckless, extremely emotional, friendly, kind, prone to bad habits, and a complete "Razorback Redneck" (in his own words). Golf is the only thing in life that he's ever been really good at, and the links were the only place he felt comfortable during his troubled childhood. We can sum him up by saying that he is the epitome of a southern good old boy who happens to be plagued by, in the vernacular of our day, some serious issues.

His daily behaviors exemplify that he is not one to idly chat about personal philosophy. Daly follows his mantra and is what he is which means he has little interest in self-improvement. "The Lion," the nickname he most prefers, will smoke, drink beer, and eat at McDonalds until one of the habits kill him. Intentional exercise also is not something to which he can relate.
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Though not particuarly well written, this autobiography is nonetheless engaging and entertaining. Many of Daly's personal faults are already well known, so there is not too much in this book anyone will find shocking. Despite what another reviewer wrote, I never felt that Daly was making excuses for his behavior, giving his side of the story and providing more context to the myriad of situations he has created and found himself in over the years. He is by and large unapologetic, which in a way is refreshing. He seems mostly at peace with who he is and his take me or leave me attitude is sad in some respects. His ongoing gambling problem, poor diet, poor romantic choices, binge drinking, etc have kept him from regaining his position as a great golf player. If you like Daly buy the book. He is a definite character and overall a likable one who seems to generally appreciate his fans and those less fortunate than himself.
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This great book chronicles one of the most important problems confronting scores of the world's population today. Untreated alcoholism and it's many manifestations. As this interesting book reveals time and time again, alcohol is the culprit behind the insanity of a very gifted but very ill man named John Daly. What little time he spent without ingesting alcohol of any kind...not just Jack Daniels...his life got better. And each and every time Mr. Daly picked up...his life got worse (as demonstrated by his performance this year on the PGA Tour). An alkee in his cups can only perform at about 30 percent of his or her ability...until all becomes impossible. Mr Daly has achieved enormous success using 30 percent of his God-given ability. Read the book...and see how King Alcohol really works. Unfortunately, John is still in denial and his life will continue to get worse. I know...I'm his sponsor waiting for the call. Uncle Jasper
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First off, let me start out by saying I've always been a John Daly fan, so I had to read this book. Daly has so much natural talent that it makes most golf pros sick just to watch this guy, especially when they know he's wasted some of his best years on women and addictions. And you notice, I say addictions. Daly freely admits being addicted to sex and gambling, but refuses to admit being an alcoholic. Well, anyone who has ever dealth with alcoholics, or lived with one, would be the first to step up to the tee box and tell John he has a drinking problem. But until the day arrives when he'll admit it, mostly to himself, he'll always have a drinking problem. My guess is, as long as Daly can afford to drink, he won't stop. However, if he doesn't quit gambling, he'll see the day that he can't afford to buy the booze, and that will happen as sure as God made little green applies.

But those problems are Daly's to overcome and not for the rest of the world to judge. He isn't alone in a constant battle to overcome his addictions. He told his story in this book and I, an avid reader, happen to think he's told it well. I picked up the book at the local library, but I'm planning to order a copy for my library collection. Daly has admitted to his mistakes, but the press decided to hammer him about the dark side of his life, and didn't give Daly a fair shake when it came to reporting about the domestic abuse ordeal. When the press decides to hammer on a guy, they can be so merciless even when so totally wrong. It's not about who's right or who's wrong, it's about the story. And most people are gullible enough to believe what they read, some even want to believe it when in their heart they know it probably isn't true. That's just journalism, nothing fair or right about it at times.
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