John Daly reveals that he has bladder cancer

John Daly revealed on Thursday that he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

The veteran PGA and Champions Tour golfer told Golf Channel that he received the diagnosis during a doctor visit after a bout with kidney stones.

“He did a CT with iodine,” Daly said. “They could see everything, said the kidneys are OK, looks like you passed a bunch, doesn’t look like any stones are in there. But unfortunately, you have bladder cancer.

“After I did the CT, I was fixing to sip on a Diet Coke and he said, ‘Don’t drink anything. You need to get back in here and get this cancer out of you.’”

Doctors expect cancer to return

Daly said that doctors were able to remove the cancer, but anticipated a high likelihood that it would return.

“He got it, but he said there’s an 85 percent chance it comes back,” Daly continued. “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 about it. But it doesn’t look like it may go away. We will just see what happens. Maybe there’s a miracle.”

After revealing the diagnosis, Daly thanked fans on Twitter for their encouragement and vowed to beat the odds.

Daly plans to cut back on consumption

Daly, 54, is a fan favorite for his everyman persona and success at the game’s highest level. He’s won five times on the PGA Tour and recorded major victories at the 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 British Open.

He’s also known for his less-than-healthy lifestyle and vowed to cut back on some of his vices as he looks to beat back cancer.

“I’m cutting way, way back on the Diet Coke and counting minutes before I can have a cigarette,” Daly said. “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 the cancer isn’t eliminated permanently, Daly said that he plans to keep living his life.

“If it comes back, it comes back,” Daly continued. “Six months to a year, if it doesn’t go away, I’m going to live my life. I’m gonna have some fun.”

19 PHOTOSGolfer John Daly in recent yearsSee GalleryGolfer John Daly in recent yearsGRAND BLANC, MI – JULY 31: John Daly of the United States looks on at the first tee during the first round of the Ally Challenge presented by McLaren at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club on July 31, 2020 in Grand Blanc, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)BRANSON, MO – AUGUST 24:John Daly of the United States warms up on the putting green before withdrawing from the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National on August 24, 2020 in Branson, Missouri. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)John Daly of USA hits out of the sand trap toward the first gree during the second round of The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, Grand Blanc, MI, USA Saturday, August 1, 2020.y (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)GRAND BLANC, MI – AUGUST 01: John Daly of the United States walks on the 18th green during the second round of the Ally Challenge presented by McLaren at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club on August 1, 2020 in Grand Blanc, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)GRAND BLANC, MI – JULY 31: John Daly of the United States plays his shot from the 17th tee during the first round of the Ally Challenge presented by McLaren at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club on July 31, 2020 in Grand Blanc, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)TUCSON, AZ – FEBRUARY 29: John Daly hits a tee shot on the tenth hole during the second round of the PGA TOUR Champions Cologuard Classic at Omni Tucson National on February 29, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)TUCSON, AZ – FEBRUARY 28: John Daly plays a bunker shot on the second hole during the first round of the PGA TOUR Champions Cologuard Classic at Omni Tucson National on February 28, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)TUCSON, AZ – MARCH 01: John Daly approaches the 18th green during the final round of the PGA TOUR Champions Cologuard Classic at Omni Tucson National on March 1, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR via Getty Images )John Daly of the U.S. tees off on the 17th hole during a practice round for the 2009 PGA Championship golf tournament at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, August 12, 2009. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES SPORT GOLF IMAGES OF THE DAY)John Daly of the U.S. hits out of the bunker on the first green during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Turnberry Golf Club in Scotland, July 18, 2009.REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN SPORT GOLF)May 16, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; John Daly gets out of his cart on the third green during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsMay 16, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; John Daly plays his shot from the 17th tee during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsMay 15, 2019; Farmingdale, NY, USA; John Daly chips on the first hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY SportsAug 9, 2018; Saint Louis, MO, USA; John Daly hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY SportsGolf – The 146th Open Championship – Royal Birkdale – Southport, Britain – July 19, 2017 USA’s John Daly during a practice round REUTERS/Hannah McKayGolf – World Celebrity Pro-Am 2016 Mission Hills China Golf Tournament – Haikou – 2/10/16John Daly in action playing tennisMHPROAM2016Mandatory Credit: Mission Hills / Action Images via ReutersLivepicEDITORIAL USE ONLY.Jul 29, 2016; Springfield, NJ, USA; PGA golfer John Daly putts on the first hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol GC – Lower Course. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsJul 28, 2016; Springfield, NJ, USA; John Daly follows through on his tee shot during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol GC – Lower Course. Mandatory Credit: Eric Sucar-USA TODAY SportsGolf-British Open – John Daly of the U.S. signs autographs on the third tee during a practice round – Royal Troon, Scotland, Britain – 13/07/2016.REUTERS/Paul ChildsUp Next

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