‘I Can’t Just Stop’: John Daly Once Spoke Words of Motivation While Discussing His Battle With Cancer

Published 09/22/2022, 7:30 PM EDT
KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 18: John Daly of the United States looks on during a practice round prior to the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Resort’s Ocean Course on May 18, 2021 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

John Daly is known for having a high-spirited personality around the sport of golf, but even he can have a tough phase in his life. In nearly three decades of professional golf, Daly has faced several challenges in his personal life. The legendary golfer was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. Despite that, the two-time Major winner returned to the golf course. Moreover, he shared some motivational words after recording his lowest score in a round in the Senior Tour.


In 2020, John Daly announced publicly that he has been diagnosed with Bladder cancer. As many shared their concern towards the 56-year-old, Daly remained upbeat about his recovery. The golfer revealed that he had been battling kidney stones and back pain for several weeks.

Despite all that challenges, Daly decided to take part in the TimberTech Championship a month later. Though he may have not earned a win, the golfer still created some golden moments. Moreover, Big John also shared his thoughts following the event.

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An all-time low score in the senior Tour for John Daly despite cancer diagnosis

Since 2016, Daly has been a part of the PGA Tour Champions, which consists of senior professional golfers who are older than 50 years of age. Within a year of his new Tour, Big John managed to claim his first PGA Tour Champions win after winning the 2017 Insperity Invitational. However, after being diagnosed with cancer, Daly’s sparkling days at the senior Tour had a roadblock.

BIRMINGHAM, AL – MAY 13: John Daly at the 17th green during the second round of the PGA TOUR Champions Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf and Country Club on May 13, 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

At the 2020 TimberTech Championship, after the first round, John Daly led the event after scoring an eight-under-par 64. Moreover, he scored eight birdies and an eagle to climb up the leaderboard. Following a personal best round in the PGA Champions Tour, Daly failed to capitalize on the lead, as he finished the event tied in 26th position. In an interview later, Daly shared his struggles with chemotherapy and motivational words about what he has been doing to stay avoid thinking about cancer.

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Staying busy doing Zoom calls and cameos and just kind of staying busy, you know, just trying to keep it off my mind,said John Daly. “I’ve got about another [chemotherapy treatment], I guess about another month before I’ve got to go do it again. I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing and got to keep living. I can’t just stop. The more busy I stay, the better I am, but I’ve just got to pace myself.”

Though Daly’s battle with bladder cancer is a long-time war, his high spirits have been a key weapon in fighting the illness. Moreover, last year, the 56-year-old golfer disclosed that his cancer is now benign. Moving forward, we only hope to see John Daly get much better and reach the pinnacle of the sport again, whether it’s through a Major win or a PGA Champions Tour win.

What are your thoughts on Daly’s struggles? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Abdul Bari Khan

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Abdul Bari is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Abdul is currently pursuing his Master’s in the same. With great affection for the world of sports, this avid golf lover turned to the course at a young age.

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