Daly diagnosed with bladder cancer
September 11, 2020
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- September 11, 2020
John Daly addresses bladder cancer diagnosis
John Daly has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.
The five-time PGA TOUR winner was seeing a urologist about kidney stones when it was revealed that although the stones had dissolved, he had cancer.
Daly, 54, said he had undergone a procedure to remove the cancer as well as eight days of chemotherapy, and was hopeful and upbeat about treatment and recovery despite a strong likelihood of relapse.
"He said there's an 85 percent chance it comes back,” Daly said. “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."
"People who have had it, it's not the easiest thing with the catheter going in. ... That chemo going in there, it's pretty tough. But I'll see what happens in November. But those are eight days after that surgery that are just brutal, it's a brutal feeling, but I am tired."
Daly has been struggling with back pain, as well, which combined with the kidney stones has limited his PGA TOUR Champions starts. He is in the field for this week’s PGA TOUR Champions event, the Sanford International at Minnehana Country Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
"I'm cutting way, way back on the Diet Coke and counting minutes before I can have a cigarette," Daly told Golf Channel. "I'm trying to quit smoking. The doctors aren't saying it's too late. Unfortunately, it's a cancer that keeps coming back. But I'm going to listen to them, and I'm going to try and quit smoking. 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's five wins on TOUR include the 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 Open Championship. He last won on the PGA TOUR at the 2004 Farmers Insurance Open. He also has one win on PGA TOUR Champions, at the 2017 Insperity Invitational.
"Well you know what, I always tell people I've lived one hell of a life. No matter what happens, I'm not scared to die or anything," Daly said. "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."