From when John Daly began playing golf at the age of 4 he showed a remarkable ability to play all aspects of the game. People around him knew that someday he would be one of the great golfers of history. In 1991, John was named by the PGA as the Rookie of the Year, and the following year became the youngest player to win the most difficult and competitive course, The British Open at St. Andrews.
Along with the fame and fortune for this young golfer was also the darker side. The alcohol, the women, the gambling and his personal behavior caused him problems with the PGA and as a result he was suspended on several different occasions.
John’s life changed dramatically from the ups and downs. With his health deteriorating and his weight increasing, John got to the point that he could hardly finish a round of the game that he was once the master of.
It took a call from his 17 year old daughter to start him on the path to reclaim his life. At now 370 lbs, John knew that his weight was an urgent need to get under control. Diets weren’t working for him, so he began to seek advice on what else could be done.
He had a picture of a Gastric Bypass patient and decided that he wanted more control over the speed and the quantity of weight loss. He also was resistant to the idea of taking medications for life to counteract the malnutrition aspect of bypass surgery.
He also looked at a relatively new procedure called a Gastric Sleeve, but decided that he couldn’t be assured of the results he was looking for. He also learned that while the Gastric sleeve procedure has been shown effective as a metabolic procedure, there aren’t long term results as a weight loss procedure.
The Lapband procedure is a very low risk, simple procedure with a very quick recovery time that would allow John to be back in the golf course and also been in control of the amount and speed of his weight loss.
John Daly took the right decision for himself, got the Lap Band AP, and now that he has returned to the game he has finished at the top 5 in 3 events in Europe and is ready for the PGA Tour again.
I am hoping he can make it to our next Get-Together the first weekend in December and play a round of golf at “La Herradura” with a bunch of fan-banded patients.