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John Daly: I Lost $55M Gambling

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John Daly of the US plays from the bunker at the 18th hole during day two of the BMW Shanghai Masters golf tournament at the Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai on October 25, 2013.  The 7 million USD event is being held for the second time at the Lake Malaren Golf Club.    AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

John Daly of the US plays from the bunker at the 18th hole during day two of the BMW Shanghai Masters golf tournament at the Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai on October 25, 2013. The 7 million USD event is being held for the second time at the Lake Malaren Golf Club. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) – Golf legend John Daly revealed to Graham Bensinger in an interview that he lost roughly $55 million gambling.

“I thought it might have been 20-25 I had no idea it was 55-57 million,” Daly said during his interview.

Daly has had success on the golf course throughout his career.  He has won two Majors; the Open Championship in 1995, and the PGA Championship in 1991.

“It’s the ultimate feeling to know that I got a British Open” Daly said.

He has also struggled on the course.

“It’s been horrible. Six, seven years now,” Daly added.

Daly was asked about his future with golf and he explained that “Mentally, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been.”

He has had a number of issues off the course, such as a failed marriage, alcohol abuse, and gambling.

The 48-year-old admitted to being drunk  sometimes playing golf and explained that “You get in at 7, 7:30 in the morning, and you got a tee time at 8:05, 9 o’clock.”

Daly’s last PGA Tour victory came  in 2004, earning him a two-year playing exemption. Last year, Daly did not have full playing privileges on the PGA Tour, and relied on his status as a past champion, and on sponsor invitations, to gain entry to events.

He is the only man from either Europe or the United States to win two major golf championships but not participate in the Ryder Cup.

Daly has various successful businesses including a clothing line and a golf course design company. In addition to that, he has released two music albums.

 

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