Daly admits £33m losses and reveals gambling is 'a problem'

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John Daly's capacity to shock has long been his trademark although even the "Wild Thing" has excelled himself this time with the confession that he has lost up to £33m in gambling in the last 12 years. Wayne Rooney eat your heart out.

In John Daly: My Life In And Out Of The Rough, his long-awaited autobiography that is published next week, the 40-year-old winner also admits that after receiving a runner-up's cheque for £425,000 last October he drove straight to a Las Vegas casino and blew more than twice that amount on slot machines.

"If I don't get control of my gambling, it's going to flat-out ruin me," writes Daly. Incredibly, however, the twice major winner remains upbeat in the book. "I'm off the medications," he says. "I don't drink JD [Jack Daniels] any more. I don't beat up on hotel rooms and cars as much. Only gambling remains a problem."