John Daly, a two-time major champion and one of the great legends of golf, has revealed that he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. The 54-year-old American told Golf Channel that doctors discovered the cancer after he went in for an appointment for kidney stones.
Luckily, doctors discovered the cancer early-on.
“After I did the CT I was fixing to sip on my Diet Coke I got from McDonald’s and he said, ‘Don’t drink anything. We have to get you back in here and get this cancer out of you.’”
Daly explained that he has undergone surgery to remove the cancer but said there was an 85% chance it could return, which would require more surgery.
“Luckily for me they caught it early, but bladder cancer is something that I don’t know all the details,” Daly said. “But it doesn’t look like it may go away. We will just see what happens. Maybe there’s a miracle.”
As for any lifestyle changes he plans to make while battling the cancer, Daly explained that he’s going to be cutting back on the Diet Coke and that he’s trying to quit smoking.
Hey All, thank you all so much for all the love, texts, msgs & support thru this! It’s all still shocking for me but know I’ll do what I have in me to beat this! My whole life I’ve beaten the odds, so it’s NOT time to stop now! Ready for 2020 to be fkn over! #gripitandripityall
— John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) September 11, 2020
While Daly plans to make some lifestyle changes and know that he could be in for one hell of a fight, he’s still going to have some fun and live his life.
“If it comes back, it comes back. Six months to a year, if it doesn’t go away, I’m going to live my life. I’m gonna have some fun,” Daly explained. “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.”
Daly won five times on the PGA Tour with his two majors coming at the 1991 PGA Championship and at The Open in 1995.