Advertisement

Golfer John Daly, 54, says he has bladder cancer

Golfer John Daly, 54, said he'll try to give up smoking and improve his diet after he found out he has bladder cancer. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Golfer John Daly, 54, said he'll try to give up smoking and improve his diet after he found out he has bladder cancer. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Professional golfer John Daly, a two-time major champion, says he has bladder cancer.

Daly said he had surgery to have the cancer removed, but the cancer is likely to return. He withdrew from last month's PGA Tour Champions event in Missouri due to back pain and kidney stone issues. A consultation with his doctor resulted in the cancer diagnosis.

Advertisement

"[The doctor] said there's an 85% chance it comes back," Daly said in a video posted Thursday by Golf Channel. "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 after that you don't know. You just don't know."

RELATED NFL, college football frenzy floods weekend sports schedule

The 54-year-old golfer has dealt with health issues throughout his career. Daly collapsed on the course during a PGA Tour Champions event in 2015 from a collapsed lung. He petitioned the PGA Tour to use a cart at tournaments due to an arthritic knee condition. He also has had lingering rib issues.

"I'm cutting way, way back on the Diet Coke and counting minutes before I can have a cigarette," Daly said.

"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.

RELATED Brooks Koepka to skip U.S. Open due to injuries

"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 has five wins in the PGA Tour. He missed the cut at last year's Safeway Open, his last PGA Tour event.

He tied for ninth at the PGA Tour Champions Cologuard Classic in March. Daly's last PGA Tour Champions win came at the 2017 Insperity Invitational.

RELATED Dustin Johnson wins 2020 PGA Tour Championship

"Hey all, thank you all so much for all the love, texts, messages and support through this," Daly tweeted Thursday. "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 [expletive] over!"

Latest Headlines