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Two-time major champion John Daly has undergone surgery after being diagnosed with bladder cancer.

The 54-year-old told the Golf Channel he was given the shock diagnosis during a routine check-up for kidney stones. 

Daly, the winner of the 1995 Open at St Andrews, has already had a procedure to remove the cancer but has been told by doctors there is an 85% chance it will return.

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“Luckily for me they caught it early, but bladder cancer is something that I don’t know all the details about,” said the American. “It doesn’t look like it may go away. We will just see what happens. Maybe there’s a miracle.

“I always tell people I’ve lived one hell of a life. No matter what happens, I’m not scared to die or anything. I’m still working, I’m still living life, I’m still doing the things I need to do. I can accept the challenge. I’m not scared of that.

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“I just want my kids to be OK and everyone else in my family.”

Daly added that he plans now to make some significant lifestyle changes to improve his prospects of beating the disease.

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“I’m cutting way, way back on the Diet Coke and counting minutes before I can have a cigarette,” he 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 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.”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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