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John Daly announced he had bladder cancer in September. He immediately had surgery to remove the cancer but was told the likelihood of it returning was extremely high. Daly, one of the world’s most popular golfers, knew he’d be enduring numerous treatments. He was scheduled for another surgery in December but bumped it up and just had his procedure done for a very special reason.

John Daly diagnosed with cancer in September

Back in September, John Daly made his shocking announcement that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer. He went in to see his doctor about some kidney stones and back pain and got the shock of his life. “(The urologist said) it doesn’t look like any stones are in there. But unfortunately, you have bladder cancer,” Daly told The Golf Channel back in September. 

Daly has been a fan-favorite on the golf course. He’s also won two majors, claiming the PGA Championship in 1991 and the Open Championship in 1995. Daly also was a major factor in the Masters Tournament in 1993. He eventually finished in third place.

Daly has dealt with some health issues. He had a public battle with alcohol and has struggled with his diet. He said doctors have told him it’s not too late and he can beat the cancer with some tweaks and some discipline. “It would have been nice to play the last seven or eight or 13 years of my career a little more healthy,” Daly said. “But hey, I’m still working, I’m still living life, I’m still doing the things I need to do.”

Daly knows he’s in for a long fight

When John Daly was diagnosed with bladder cancer in September, doctors performed surgery immediately to remove the cancer that was there. Daly was then told it would more than likely return. He said he was hoping for a miracle.

“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 to The Golf Channel. “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.”

After an early November tournament, Daly gave an update on his treatment and said the first round of chemotherapy was tough. “The only positive is this cancer is treatable, but I’m probably looking at chemo for the next five to seven years,” Daly said to reporters after the first round of the TimberTech Championship. “The first chemo kicked my butt. I’m just praying maybe they got it. Everything I love to eat and drink causes the stones that cause the cancer. Alcohol. Beef. Milk. Diet drinks.”

Daly pushed up latest surgery so he can play golf with his son

 While doctors have told John Daly, his cancer could take years to defeat, he said he’s going to continue to have fun and live his life. Daly was supposed to have another surgical procedure next month, but Daly had the procedure done Wednesday, according to TMZ Sports. He bumped up the surgery so he could play in a golf tournament with his son in mid-December.

Daly has already entered the PNC Championship with his 16-year-old son, John. The tournament is scheduled to take place between Dec. 17-20, and his previously scheduled surgery would have interfered with the tournament.

In the tournament, Daly and his son will go up against Tiger Woods and his son, Charlie. The PNC Championship features 20 major winners paired with a family member of their choice.


John Daly Finds Himself Facing the Toughest Battle of His Life