Former PGA and Open Champion John Daly revealed that he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.
In an interview with Golf Channel, Daly said that the cancer was found while he went to the doctor for kidney stones and back pain.
“”The urologist said it doesn’t look like any stones are in there. But unfortunately, you have bladder cancer. After I did the CT (scan) I was fixing to sip on my Diet Coke and he said, ‘Don’t drink anything. We have to get you back in here and get this cancer out of you,” Daly told Golf Channel.
Daly then underwent a successful procedure to remove the cancer, but added that it will likely come back.
“He said there’s an 85 percent chance it comes back. So I’ve got to go back and see him in three months. They will probably have to cut it out again. It’s probably going to come back, and then another three months that you don’t know. You just don’t know. Luckily for me they caught it early, but bladder cancer is something that I don’t know all the details. But it doesn’t look like it may go away. We will just see what happens. Maybe there’s a miracle,” said Daly.
Daly withdrew from last month’s Charles Schwab Series event in the Ozarks.
Daly won the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 Open.
He won a total of five times during his PGA Tour career, and in 2017, added a PGA Tour Champions event.
Daly concluded, “I always tell people I’ve lived one hell of a life. No matter what happens, I’m not scared to die or anything. It would have been nice to play the last seven or eight or 13 years of my career a little more healthy. But hey, I’m still working, I’m still living life, I’m still doing the things I need to do. … I can accept the challenge. I’m not scared of that. I just want my kids to be OK and everyone else in my family.”