FARMINGDALE, N.J. — John Daly hates having to make use of a cart within the PGA Championship and possibly would not do it if the key did not imply a lot to him.
Daly used the cart for 9 observe 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 might 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. The PGA’s People with Disabilities Act committee gave Daly an exemption as a result of the arthritis in his knee would have prevented him from competing.
After taking part in Wednesday, Daly stated the cart is a giant drawback. He cannot determine the place he can go together with it.
“Belief me, I hate driving within the cart,” the 53-year-old stated. “If I might stroll, I’d do it. I might in all probability stroll 4 holes and be executed. The factor swells up so dangerous.”
The long-hitting Daly has been taking part in 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 sphere because the ninth alternate.
That reminiscence retains him coming again.
“I’m a previous main winner of this; I simply really feel obligated. I do not know why,” Daly stated. “I simply do. It obtained me began in my profession. It’s totally 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 is lengthy and the fairways usually are not offering a lot roll after current rain. He famous the greens are excellent.
His recreation is not.
“It is so-so,” stated the heavyset participant who has lived on the wild facet and paid a worth for it. “It isn’t nice, however you by no means know. Give it a shot and see what occurs.”