Daly deserves victory after beating off demons

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The Independent Online

There were two magnificent achievements in Munich at the weekend and the second belonged to John Daly.

The last time I saw him he was trembling with withdrawal pangs as he left another tournament, dishevelled and defeated by the pressure of competing under the burden of a battery of addictions.

His triumph in winning again in Germany is one that can be approved at many different levels. Not least it will give former American Ryder Cup skipper Tom Watson a moment's reflection. Watson, despite his liking for the wild man from Arkansas, said he would never pick him for his team because he had "a give-up attitude".

If that had been true, Daly wouldn't have won in Munich. He would have died in some bleak and battered motel room.