John Daly has been a larger-than-life figure for years both on and off the course, but it appears that status carried with it a hefty price tag at the casinos.
In a recent interview with Yahoo's Graham Bensinger, Daly estimates that his total gambling losses from 1991-2007 fall in the range of $55-57 million.
"We went through all my tax records to find out, because I really didn't know, and it just came to that," Daly said. "I was shocked. I thought it might have been $20-25 (million), but I had no idea that it was $55-57 million. It's crazy."
According to Daly, he would regularly play seven hands of blackjack at the same time, each for up to $15,000. He also frequented a high-limit slot machine that cost $5,000 per pull and would sometimes stay at the tables for up to two days straight.
"I love the action. I love the adrenaline, going in there," Daly said. "Now if I gamble, I play the $25 slots. If I hit something, I might move up to $100. But I don't do what I used to do anymore."
Daly has made $10,116,306 in on-course earnings during his PGA Tour career, though he has never been shy about embracing off-course endorsement opportunities. His best season came in 2004, the year he recorded the most recent of his five PGA Tour wins, when his on-course earnings eclipsed $2.3 million. This season, Daly has made the cut in just two of seven PGA Tour starts, totaling $39,625 in prize money. He also made $1,482 in his lone start on the Web.com Tour.
Despite the hefty price tag, the 48-year-old looks back on his years of gambling without much remorse.
"People are going to say that I should regret it, but I did it," he said. "You know, I move on from it. I had a lot of fun doing it."