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John Daly urges people to drink vodka to cure coronavirus

Golfweek logo Golfweek 4/19/2020 Roxanna Scott
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In a recent video posted to YouTube, John Daly comes across as either drunk or just ignorant to the facts of the coronavirus pandemic. Or maybe he’s making a lame attempt at humor. It’s hard to tell.

Daly claims he has a cure for COVID-19 that will help us “get over this thing pretty soon and we’ll get back out playing a lot more golf” in a 50-second video shared by The Trump Organization on April 9.

“I only drink one drink a day, it just happens to be a bottle of good old Belvedere,” Daly said while holding the clear bottle of vodka up toward the camera. “Just drink one of these a day. You know, sippy, sippy on a McDonald’s diet Coke ya know, wash it down pretty good. Never have a hangover.


“And that’s the way you kill this coronavirus I believe. But ya’ll be safe, take care and hopefully we’ll be getting back to the things we do best pretty soon.”

Actually, the World Health Organization says alcohol may put people at increased risk of contracting the coronavirus.

The 53-year-old is a two-time major champion who competes on the PGA Tour Champions. He has struggled with health issues and alcohol addiction throughout his career.


Last year he applied and was approved to use a cart at the PGA Championship through the Americans with Disabilities Act, citing arthritis in his right knee. Five years ago Daly suffered from a collapsed lung and was hospitalized, later quipping that doctors thought he had a heart attack. “But I only smoke two packs of cigarettes a day, not three.”

The video posted by The Trump Organization, which says it’s the “most globally recognized business brand in luxury real estate, golf, hospitality & entertainment founded by Donald J. Trump,” appears at first to be Daly’s pitch for the president’s golf clubs. Daly has played golf with him while Trump has been in office, calling last year’s outing at the president’s Bedminster club in New Jersey, “one of the greatest days of my life.”

In his message, Daly tells people to “be healthy, be smart, and hopefully we’ll get over this thing pretty soon and we’ll get back out playing a lot more golf and everybody go back to work.”

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