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Hoping to capture a buzz akin to that of “The Osbournes” or “American Chopper”, The Golf Channel will be showing a reality series starring golf bad-boy John Daly, dubbed “The Daly Planet”, starting January 18th.

Does this have “monster hit” written all over it, or what? Daly, the PGA’s anti-Tiger Woods, could use a jolt after fading out over the last couple of years. And, like many other niche outlets, The Golf Channel could use programming that appeals beyond its core audience. Daly’s predictable antics should fit the bill nicely. (Too bad he’s not still drinking…)

I was unaware of Daly’s role as movie inspiration — prior to the fact:

Daly’s life has seemed the stuff of fiction before. At a 1998 tournament, Daly shot an 18 on one hole, hitting shot after shot into a water hazard, an effort virtually mimicked by Kevin Costner’s character in the 1996 movie “Tin Cup.” In the movie, Costner plays a regular guy — a driving range owner — who has a chance to win the U.S. Open before stubbornly hitting balls repeatedly into a pond.

“I still say they made that movie after me,” Daly said at the time.

I guess his audition in ‘98 has finally paid off. Then again, his whole career could be construed as a reality TV audition.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/20/2005 12:03pm
Category: Movies, Other Sports, RealiTV Check
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  1. The did a special with , I think it was John Daly vs. Niagara Falls. He was attempting to hit a ball over it but it’s so misty no one could see if he was even close to the target (or too far).

    He seemed like a slightly odd guy. Didn’t seem to care too much. It’s like someone said, “hey! can we pay you to try and hit a all over niagara falls?” and he said “sure”.

    Comment by Gary LaPointe — 11/20/2005 @ 1:00 PM

  2. Here it is http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8818208/
    I did watch it (not a golf guy but I just got the HD box hooked up to the projector so the scenery was intriguing). The article says he hit the wall on the second shot but during the episode they really weren’t sure.

    Comment by Gary LaPointe — 11/20/2005 @ 1:08 PM

  3. Yeah, I remember that Niagra stunt. Part of the reason why Daly needs a career resurgence now; that, and the fact that he’s unlikey to ever win a major, given his erraticism these days.

    Comment by CT — 11/20/2005 @ 10:09 PM

  4. I may be wrong but as far as I can tell he has been having one of his better years on tour.

    Comment by tiny — 11/20/2005 @ 10:20 PM

  5. That’s a relative measure, career-wise. For 2005, he’s had two Top 10 finishes, including a tie for 1st place. And he’s No. 28 in the World Rankings. Not bad, but not great, either. He’s basically a middle-of-the-pack player right now. So a reality show would be just the ticket to make him stand out from the crowd.

    Comment by CT — 11/21/2005 @ 9:21 AM

  6. DALY DUD

    When “The Daly Planet” was announced, I predicted it would be a monster hit.
    Well, the review is in, and it looks like neither John Daly nor The Golf Channel know how to work the reality TV angle:
    What Daly needs for a successful realit…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 01/21/2006 @ 9:37 AM

  7. The reality show may not have great ratings but his Golf Store’s sure do!

    seem like really nice down to earth folks working for him!

    “Grip it and rip it”

    Comment by SP — 03/20/2006 @ 9:30 AM

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