Golf Channel- Two-time major champion John Daly revealed that he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, but remains upbeat about his prognosis and potential recovery. Speaking to Golf Channel on an episode of PGA Tour Champions Learning Center, the 54-year-old revealed that he had been battling kidney stones and back pain in recent weeks, ailments that led him to withdraw from last month's Charles Schwab Series event in Missouri after two rounds. But after consulting with doctors, it was determined that the kidney stones had passed and that he now faced a more daunting condition.
"(The urologist said) it doesn't look like any stones are in there. But unfortunately, you have bladder cancer," Daly said. "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 subsequently underwent a procedure to remove the cancer, one that was deemed successful. But he shared that there is a strong possibility of recurrence with his form of cancer, which will require regular checkups in the near future.
"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," he said. "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."
Nooooooooooooooooooo. No! No! No! Very sad news coming out just now as John Daly reveals that he was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer. Fuck man that's just terrible. It sounds like Daly had a procedure to get the cancer removed but that there's a good chance the cancer is going to return. However he does say that they caught the cancer early so hopefully that's a great sign going forward. But still, just awful news to hear in an already terrible, bad, no good year.
Honestly, at this point, I thought John Daly was invincible. I just figured he was going to keep on keeping on until the end of time or whenever the sun decides to blow up. Few athletes (and humans in general) have seen and been through the things John Daly has been through. But despite everything he just keeps rolling along being John fucking Daly. The dude has the heart of a goddamn lion. He's far and away one of the most legendary athletes who has ever lived and probably THE most legendary golfer who has ever lived when you combine what he's done on and off the golf course. Riggs and I were lucky enough to interview him a couple years ago and he was exactly the way we wanted him to be. He was drinking a beer, smoking a cigarette and telling hilarious story after hilarious story. The incredible stories that man has are endless. It was an absolute pleasure to meet him so this latest news makes me incredibly sad.
Here's to hoping John Daly gets his miracle and the world gets a few more decade with the legend himself.