Daly's new show won't be as wild

Associated Press
The first episode of a new reality show featuring John Daly is scheduled to air on the Golf Channel in early 2010.

GRAND BLANC, Mich. --- Really, John Daly insists he's not a beer-swilling, trouble-making guy anymore.


Daly said Wednesday an upcoming reality show on the Golf Channel, featuring him, will provide a glimpse of his new-and-improved boring life.

"I'm more laid back," he said between puffs of a cigarette in the parking lot of Warwick Hills, the site of this week's Buick Open. "It won't have the hustle and bustle as the last show."

The Golf Channel had a 13-part series The Daly Planet in 2006, showcasing his wild life.

The first of at least eight episodes of the yet-to-be-named reality show will air in early 2010.

"I think Out of the Rough is the perfect title," Daly said.

Daly returned to the PGA Tour earlier this year after a six-month suspension. He has been to alcohol rehab twice, has been married three times and wrote an autobiography that was as much about drinking, sex and gambling as it was about his golf.

"I haven't had a drink in a while," Daly said.

Golf Channel senior producer Al Pollock, who has known Daly since 1994 and has been with him during filming of the new show, said he hasn't seen Daly have a sip of alcohol in a long time.

"He's a different person," Pol-lock said. "This show will not be as crazy as the last show. But it's going to show a different side -- the real side -- of John Daly.

"He's more serious, especially about golf. He's lost a lot of weight."

Daly said he has lost 81 pounds since February.

"I'm still having fun, but I'm more serious," Daly said. "I'm finally the guy so many people have wanted me to be for so many years."


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