Report: John Daly diagnosed with bladder cancer

John Daly has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, according to a report from the Golf Channel. On an episode of Golf Channel's "PGA (...)

Report: John Daly diagnosed with bladder cancer

John Daly has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, according to a report from the Golf Channel.

On an episode of Golf Channel’s “PGA Tour Champions Learning Center,” the 54-year-old revealed he underwent a procedure to remove the aggressive cancer. Although the procedure was successful, Golf Channel reported Daly said there is still a possibility of recurrence.

“(My urologist) 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,” Daly said, according to 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.”

Daly, who won the 1991 PGA Championship winner and the 1995 Open Championship, has not posted on social media about his diagnosis. He has a total of five PGA Tour wins to his credit.

He said was battling kidney stones and back pain for weeks ahead of his diagnosis, and added that he will change his eating habits and undergo frequent check-ups as he battles the disease.

At the forefront of Daly’s health changes are cutting back on Diet Coke and attempting 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,” Daly said in the interview. “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.”

Despite the diagnosis, Daly remains optimistic.

“Well, you know what, I always tell people I’ve lived one hell of a life. No matter what happens, I’m not scared to die or anything,” Daly said. “It would have been nice to play the last seven or eight or 13 years of my career a little more healthy. But hey, 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. I just want my kids to be OK and everyone else in my family.”

Daly last competed on the Champions Tour in mid August at the Charles Schwab Series at Bass Pro Shops Big Cedar Lodge in which he withdrew after two rounds due to illness. Daly also competed at the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship in early August, where he finished T-70.

Daly also withdrew from the field at the PGA Championship in early August due to health concerns.

Golf Channel’s “PGA Tour Champions Learning Center” episode with Daly’s full interview airs Monday at 11:30 p.m. ET.

 

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ANA notes: Jenny Shin withdraws with rib injury; Brittany Lincicome looks for No. 3

The ANA Inspiration lost its first player during the tournament Thursday when Jenny Shin withdrew after completing six holes of the (...)

ANA notes: Jenny Shin withdraws with rib injury; Brittany Lincicome looks for No. 3

The ANA Inspiration lost its first player during the tournament Thursday when Jenny Shin withdrew after completing six holes of the event in the morning. Shin later posted on Instagram that a rib injury knocked her out of the event.

“I am extremely disappointed with how things turned out, this tournament being one of my favorite events, I felt well prepared for this major and envisioned to pan out much different,” she posted.

The tournament lost one player before play began when Charley Hull withdrew after testing positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Below are other news items from the first round of the ANA Inspiration.

Looking for three

Eight women have won the ANA Inspiration at least twice, with Amy Alcott, Annika Sorenstam and Betsy King all winning it three times. But with Juli Inkster and Karrie Webb not in the field this week, the only golfer in the field with multiple wins in the major championship is Brittany Lincicome, the 2009 and 2015 winner. Those two wins give Lincicome plenty of confidence as the tournament is played this week.

Brittany Lincicome reacts to her putt on the seventh hole during round one of the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho, Mirage, Calif., on September 10, 2020.

“It’s huge. Like I said, just driving in to Mission Hills and being here and just seeing the mountains and the flowers and how green it is, I really thought it was going to be burned out, honestly, but it’s so beautiful,” Lincicome said. “They’ve done such a great job to keep it so well maintained for us. I think having won twice obviously gives me a huge advantage and just can reflect on all my good shots from the previous years, and hopefully that’ll help me.”

Lincicome fired a 3-under 68 on Thursday.

Q-school to major

Kelly Tan might not be a familiar name for every LPGA fan, but she has made a big run from last year, when she had no LPGA status and was playing in the LPGA’s Q-Series for qualifying. Thursday, she took the tournament lead in the ANA Inspiration for awhile with a 4-under 68 playing in the first group of the morning.

“Just to be honest in general, just very grateful to be playing golf right now,” the 26-year-old Malaysian golfer said. “You know, I just told myself that I’ll take what it gives me this year and try to play hard and see where that puts me. I didn’t really have too much expectation on how many events I was going to get in, but I knew if I played well, I would play my way into the ANA and major championships like this.”

Enjoying the takeout

Lydia Ko enjoys the ANA Inspiration and won the tournament in 2016. But there is another reason she likes coming to Rancho Mirage each year. Ko loves Shabu Shabu Zen in Rancho Mirage, which serves Japanese hot pot meals among other things. Ko thought she might have to miss out on the treat this year, but it turns out she still had the meal.

“(Ko’s mother) has been cooking amazing Korean food, so I’m very grateful that she can travel with me on the road,” Ko said. “I was actually talking about the Shabu Shabu in my press conference a few days ago, and then Miho, (Suma) the owner there, she got me Shabu Shabu last night delivered to my place, so maybe that was the key to playing solid today (a 3-under 69). I was so gutted that I wouldn’t be able to go, so she brought the restaurant to me pretty much.”

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