If John Daly makes a run for the PGA Championship title beginning May 16 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., he’ll be propelled by a golf cart.
The winner of the 1991 PGA Championship, who has an injured left knee and said he has osteoarthritis in his right knee that prevents him from walking 18 holes, was given approval Tuesday by the PGA of America to ride a cart after applying through an Americans with Disabilities Act policy.
Casey Martin was the most recent player to ride a cart in a major championship, doing so at the U.S. Open at San Francisco’s Olympic Club in 1998 and 2012.
A former British Open winner, Daly, bothered by the aching right knee, skipped the event last year at Carnoustie because he was denied a request to use a cart.
“Sorry…really tried these last 2 days to compete & walk, my rt knee osteoarthritis is unbearable. It would have been nice to have gotten a cart but unfortunately was turned down by our tour board. I couldn’t even hit balls this am!” he wrote on Twitter.
Prior to that, he withdrew from the U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs after the USGA denied the same request.
He also explained the situation on Twitter, writing, “I had to WD from the U.S. Senior Open. The deteriorating osteoarthritis isn’t helping my rt knee. I fall under the ADANational but USGA turned down a cart for me this week. Just going to give the knee a rest. Don’t know what’s ahead for me.”
Daly, 53, still competes in PGA Tour Champions tournaments because cart use is permitted. He finished in a tie for 27th at last week’s Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands Country Club, trailing champion Scott McCarron by 13 strokes.