‘Losing Her Was the Biggest Loss’: John Daly Get’s Emotional While Talking About the Biggest Loss of His Life

Published 05/09/2022, 6:30 PM EDT
Dec 19, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; John Daly walking on the 18th green during the final round of the PNC Championship golf tournament at Grande Lakes Orlando Course. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy/Reuters

John Daly is best known for his impeccable game on the course and his extravagant lifestyle off it. However, there is another side to the 56-year-old professional that only a few know. The ever so chirpy Daly once turned emotional while talking about the passing of his mother and what she meant to him. 

In 2013, when David Feherty interviewed Daly, a tearful John revealed that losing his mom was an enormous loss for him. “She was my hero,” said John. “She was everything to me.” 

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Daly’s mom passed away early in 2002. “Yeah, she was 65. Everybody misses my mom around here. Unfortunately, she passed away when I was in Australia,” he said“Just one of those bad rounds. I was playing with Norman, and that’s where I threw the putter in the water and walked back to my room.”

John revealed how he felt he should not have played that round. “It’s just a tough time being all the way there knowing I need to be here trying to help my brother and sister and everybody, on how we’re gonna handle everything. But losing her was the biggest loss of my life,” concluded Daly.  

John Daly and his battle with cancer

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John Daly had an indisciplined lifestyle throughout the majority of his career. However, he was never secretive about it and always spoke his heart out. Daly has revealed the insane amount of junk food he used to consume along with diet coke and cigarettes. But eventually, this lifestyle took a toll on his body. 

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In September 2020, John was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Thankfully, he received the right treatment in time and successfully beat it. However, the problem was that the tumor was big. Hence, even a single cancerous cell might exaggerate it once again. 

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Luckily, so far, Daly and been keeping healthy and fine. Reportedly, he now visits the doctor only once in six months and will have to do it for at least five more years. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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