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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 May 2006, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK
Daly admits huge gambling losses
John Daly
Daly said he lost nearly 900,000, mostly on slot machines in October
Former Open champion John Daly believes he has lost as much as 33m in the last 12 years through heavy gambling.

Daly, 40, reveals in his autobiography he fears the problem could destroy him.

"If I don't get control of my gambling, it's going to flat-out ruin me," states Daly, who has been married three times and battled alcohol addiction as well.

The American revealed that hours after winning nearly 425,000 at the WGC-American Express last October, he lost double that gambling in Las Vegas.

The 1995 Open winner was defeated in a play-off against Tiger Woods in San Francisco and says he drove to Las Vegas and lost almost 900,000, mostly on slot machines - half of that in just 30 minutes.

The US Tour's website commissioner Tim Finchem met Daly on Monday and said afterwards: "It is clear that he continues to be concerned about and grapple with significant personal challenges.

"I have expressed to John the Tour's concern for his well-being, as well as his on-going need to uphold the image and standards of the PGA Tour.

"While we will continue to enforce the regulations and policies of the PGA Tour, I have advised John of the Tour's willingness to support him in his efforts to deal with his personal issues."

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