Here’s the video and transcript from John Daly’s interview with the Golf Channel follwing his MC at Torrey Pines on Friday, where he says he’s done with professional golf:
Golf Channel: Not a fun day out there, was it?
John Daly: No.
Q: You take anything positive away from this?
Q: What’s next?
A: I’m done.
Q:What do you mean you’re done?
A: I’m done.
Q: Done with what?
Q: You’re not going to tee it up anymore?
A: I can’t compete.
Q: Do you honestly feel that?
Q: From the bottom of your heart?
Q: It sucks, doesn’t it?
Q: Is it that you can’t compete? You’re embarrassed? Tell me, what is it?
A: Just can’t play like I used to.
Q: Have you given yourself enough time with the chances you’ve made?
Q: You honestly feel that?
Q: I don’t believe you. I’m your friend, too.
A: I can’t keep taking spots from guys out here playing this bad. It’s not worth it.
Q: So go somewhere with Rick for a week and come back to Pebble. Just you and Rick.
A: No, I’m not going to take that spot away from anybody, either.
Q: So is this it?
A: Pretty much
Q: It’s either a yes or a no.
Q: I don’t think your fans want you to give up.
A: I know.
Q: What do you say to them?
A: I’m tired of embarrassing myself in front of them.
Q: You’ll be missed, you know that.
A: What, for bad golf?
Q: No, for who you are as a person. A lot of people look up to you out there. What does that say if you quit?
A: I know. I just can’t do it anymore. Can’t do it anymore, bub.