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John Daly hopes for ‘miracle’ after cancer operation

2-time major champion tells Golf Channel that he recently was treated for bladder cancer but that the disease likely will return

Disclosed: By John Daly, that he recently underwent an operation to treat bladder cancer, he told Golf Channel. Daly, 54, said he recently was treated for kidney stones when the urologist found bladder cancer. Daly said his operation was deemed a success but that the cancer is rated as an aggressive form that he was told has an “85-percent chance” of returning. “It's probably going to come back. . . . You just don't know. Luckily for me they caught it early, but ... it doesn't look like it may go away. We will just see what happens. Maybe there's a miracle.” Daly won five times on the PGA Tour, including the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 British Open. He earned the nickname “Long John” for his prodigious driving distances early in his career. Daly quickly became a fan favorite with his rags-to-riches victory as the ninth alternate into the 1991 PGA at Crooked Stick in Indiana. Brash behavior on and off the course came to define him. Daly struggled with numerous health issues over the years, including a public battle with alcohol abuse. In the Golf Channel interview, Daly pledged to cut “way back” on Diet Coke and added, “I’m trying to quit smoking.” Daly remains exempt on the PGA and Champions tours until age 60 because of his victories. “I always tell people I've lived one hell of a life,” he said. “No matter what happens, I'm not scared to die or anything. 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.”

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