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John Daly’s complicated life: Fiancee wants ex-wife’s lawsuit thrown out

John Daly (in a 2014 photo) walks down a fairway with his fiancee and caddie Anna Cladakis during a practice round for the British Openy. (Jon Super / AP)

John Daly continues to live a life that manages, somehow, to be even more colorful than his golf pants.

The latest headlines concern a possible old love triangle involving the pro golfer, his then-wife and his caddie/fiancee. Anna Cladakis, to whom Daly has had a long relationship and became engaged last December, is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Sherrie Allison Miller, Daly’s ex-wife. She filed on the basis of ”alienation of affection,” a law that is in effect in only six states. One of those states is Mississippi, where Miller filed the lawsuit. Now she has to prove that the two engaged in extramarital trysts while in that state.

Cladakis’ attorneys counter that Miller was venue shopping and asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the lawsuit. Miller must respond to the appeal by Monday. A Mississippi judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2012 because none of the parties lived in the state. That was overturned by an appeals court and the state Supreme Court allowed the lawsuit to proceed.

Daly, golf’s “Wild Thing,” remains popular on the tour, an outspoken and earthy iconoclast who has gone through rehab several times and often smokes on the course. In his spare time, he has recorded a couple of albums and markets his colorful wardrobe. He hasn’t played a full PGA Tour card since 2006, but gets sponsor exemptions because of his legion of fans.

He and Cladakis became engaged last December after dating for seven years. Daly married Miller, his fourth wife, in 2001, then separated six years later and were divorced in 2010.

If it sounds like Daly’s life is a made-for-TV movie, that’s not far off. ESPN is giving him the “30 for 30” treatment.

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