Speaking to Golf Channel on an episode of the PGA Tour Champions Learning Center, the 54-year-old revealed that he had been suffering from kidney stones and back pain in recent weeks, an illness which had him from hosting last month’s Charles Schwab Series Motivates to move back to Missouri. After two rounds. But after consulting doctors, it was determined that kidney stones had passed and he now faced a more difficult situation.
“(The urologist said) it doesn’t look like there’s any stones. But unfortunately, you have bladder cancer,” Daly said. “When I did a CT (scan), I was sipping on my diet coke and he said, ‘Don’t drink anything. We have to bring you back here and get this cancer out of you.”
Daly later initiated a procedure to remove the cancer, which was considered successful. But he shared that there is a high likelihood of recurrence with his cancer form, which will require regular screening in the near future.
“They said there is an 85 percent chance that it comes back. So I’ve got to go back in three months and see it. They’ll probably have to cut it again,” he said. “It’s probably going to come back, and then another three months you don’t know. You just don’t know. Luckily for me they caught it early, but bladder cancer is something I’m not fully aware of. But It doesn’t look like it can go away. We’ll just see what happens. Maybe a miracle happens. ”
Daly has won five times during his PGA Tour career, including the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 Open, and a 2017 PGA Tour Champions win. He has also struggled with health problems throughout his career, including a high-profile battle with alcoholism. Daly suffered an on-course collapse during a Champions event in 2015 and recently the RGA, R&A and PGA of America have petitioned for the use of the cart due to the cartridge knee position in various tournaments.
In light of the diagnosis of cancer, Daly expressed a plan to change his consumption habits to increase his ability to keep the disease down.
“I’m cutting the way, going back to Diet Coke and counting for a few minutes before smoking cigarettes. I’m trying to quit smoking,” Dalit said. “The doctors aren’t saying it’s too late. Unfortunately, it’s a cancer that’s coming back. But I’m going to listen to them, and I’m going to try and quit smoking. If it’s back Comes, then it comes back. Six months to a year, if it doesn’t go away, I’m going to live my life. I’m going to have some fun. ”
Daly last played the PGA Tour event at last year’s Safeway Open, in which he missed the cut, and has been missing out on both the PGA and The Open until the age of 60 due to his former win. While his health now prioritizes his game, Daly plans to face this latest battle with the same bravado he has seen becoming a fan favorite over the past 30 years.
“You know what, I always tell people that I’ve lived one hell of a life. Whatever happens, I’m not afraid to die or do anything,” Daly said. “Playing in the last seven or eight or 13 years of my career would have been a little good, but I’m healthy. I’m still working, I’m still living life, I’m still doing the things I need is.” Do it … I can accept the challenge. I am not afraid of this. I want my children to be well and everyone else in my family. ”
(Note: Daley’s full interview can be viewed at the PGA Tour Champions Learning Center, which airs Monday at 11:30 pm ET on the Golf Channel.)