John Daly Pitched $65k Gambling Winnings over a Bridge Once

In any article about athletes who lost big gambling, you can guarantee that pro golfer John Daly’s name will surface at some point. After all, he’s lost over $50 million through gambling over the years. But what may be just as interesting is how bad Daly is with his winnings. The 1995 British Open champion […]

john-daly-gambling-winnings-bridgeIn any article about athletes who lost big gambling, you can guarantee that pro golfer John Daly’s name will surface at some point. After all, he’s lost over $50 million through gambling over the years. But what may be just as interesting is how bad Daly is with his winnings.

The 1995 British Open champion once threw $65,000 in gambling earnings over a bridge while arguing with his ex-wife, Sherrie. Speaking on ESPN’s Dan Le Batard Show, Daly said that he pitched the cash over a bridge to prove a point to his fourth wife:

“I won like 65 grand in the casino, and I said, ‘If you are going to yell and scream at me about this.’ I threw it over the bridge going over to Memphis from Arkansas. Threw all the money out the window and said, ‘You know what? If you want that money, you can go find it. But let me tell you something: You don’t have a job. You’re not working. I’m supporting you. I’m paying all the bills.’ It’s like that old story of a woman griping at a husband, saying, ‘You know, our lives just aren’t working out very good.’ They’re used to glamorous dinners, and all this stuff.

“So my buddy took her to a McDonald’s drive-thru and got her two cheeseburgers and some french fries and a soda and says, ‘OK, this is how you can live from now on if that’s the way you want it.’

“And, that’s kind of the point of the story is: We support them and pay for everything, but yet, that time Sherrie wasn’t really appreciating what I was doing for her.”

Obviously throwing $65,000 over a bridge isn’t rational thinking. But then again, Daly isn’t exactly a rational individual.

As you can see in the Graham Bensinger interview below, Daly discusses playing seven blackjack hands simultaneously at $10k to $15k per hand. He also confesses to spending 1-2 days in a casino, only getting up to go to the bathroom.

These days, Daly says that he’s lowered his gambling to $25 slots. But he still enjoys playing for fun.

 

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