FARMINGDALE, N.J. — John Daly hates having to make use of a cart within the PGA Championship and doubtless wouldn’t do it until the most important didn’t imply a lot to him.
Daly used the cart for 9 apply holes Wednesday, arriving on the Bethpage Black clubhouse with an elastic bandage round his proper knee, a cigarette in a single hand and a want that he may merely stroll the 7,459-yard rolling course the following 4 days.
The PGA of America has come underneath criticism for giving Daly entry to a cart for medical causes. A committee on the American with Disabilities Act gave Daly an exemption as a result of the arthritis in his knee would have prevented him from competing.
After enjoying Wednesday, Daly stated the cart is an enormous drawback. He can’t work out the place he can go together with it.
“Belief me, I hate using within the cart,” the 53-year-old stated. “If I may stroll, I might do it. I may in all probability stroll 4 holes and be performed. The factor swells up so unhealthy.”
The long-hitting Daly has been enjoying within the PGA Tour Champions, a 50-and-older circuit that permits for carts, since 2016, profitable as soon as in 2017. He has not gained on the PGA Tour since capturing the 2004 Buick Open.
What all people remembers, although, is his first victory. He captured the PGA Championship in 1991 after entering into the sector because the ninth alternate.
That reminiscence retains him coming again.
“I’m a previous main winner of this; I simply really feel obligated. I don’t know why,” Daly stated. “I simply do. It bought me began in my profession. It’s very particular to me and I simply really feel like I must play, or attempt to anyway.”
Daly would be the first participant to experience in a cart at a serious since Casey Martin within the U.S. Open at Olympic Membership in 1998 and 2012.
Bethpage might be a problem, Daly stated. It’s lengthy and the fairways are usually not offering a lot roll after latest rain. He famous the greens are excellent.
His sport isn’t.
“It’s so-so,” stated the heavy-set participant who has lived on the wild aspect and paid a worth for it. “It’s not nice, however you by no means know. Give it a shot and see what occurs.”