John Daly Admits He “Wasted” His Talent in the Nineties

John Daly turned 50 last week, and is scheduled to make his PGA Tour Champions debut at the Insperity Invitational this Friday in Texas.

There are very few players on the PGA Tour – or in any sport for that matter – who have been quite as true to themselves as John Daly. He seems to have realized that now. Speaking with reporters ahead of the event this week, Daly acknowledged that he wasted his opportunities to capitalize on the moments that could have sent him to the top of the game.

“I think I wasted my talent in the ’90s, especially towards the later part of the ’90s,” Daly told reporters on Tuesday. “All the money was coming in, and I didn’t work hard enough at it. I didn’t do the right things to prepare myself to win golf tournaments. You know, that’s definitely on me, and I admit that.”

The mental side of Daly’s game has improved massively since then. If he had the mental game he has now with the physical game he had in the nineties, he could have achieved a whole lot more.

“I’m kind of satisfied with everything in the 2000s. My mind was right, and I did everything I could to try and win golf tournaments. But in the ’90s with the physical ability I had, and if I had the physical ability I have with my mental attitude right now, I’d feel a lot better. But I wish I would have had the mental attitude back in the ’90s like I do now.”

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