PGA Championship: John Daly to ride in cart at golf major over knee problem

PGA Championship: John Daly to ride in cart at golf major over knee problem
John Daly is allowed to ride in a cart on the 50-and-over Champions Tour

US golf chiefs say they will meet with John Daly to thrash out where he “can go and can’t go” when he uses a golf cart at this week’s PGA Championship.

The 53-year-old has been given special dispensation to ride the buggy instead of walking around the Bethpage Black course in New York.

The PGA of America gave Daly permission because he has a knee problem.

Its chief championships officer Kerry Haigh said a committee “agreed that it justified the use of a golf cart”.

He explained: “We have a clause for ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) purposes in that any player who has an ADA concern or issue is allowed to apply and give the reasons for the exemption that he or she may want to apply for.”

Haigh said he would now meet with Daly to “just talk through where he can go and can’t go”.

“Obviously there’s some places on this golf course where you can’t get a golf cart to. We try and use common sense, what’s reasonable, what’s fair for the protection both of the player and those issues as well as the playing of a major championship.”

Daly, the 1995 Open champion, regularly rides on a cart in the 50-and-over Champions Tour, where it is allowed.

But PGA of America chief executive officer Seth Waugh said the cart could cause more problems than solutions for Daly on this year’s PGA Championship course.

He said: “I think it’s one of those places where a cart is actually less convenient than walking.

“Where the carts go will be interesting, right, because it’s not set up that way.”

News of Daly’s exemption for the second major of the year was announced last week, when it was questioned by six-time major champion Sir Nick Faldo, who said: “I think walking is an integral part of being a pro golfer. I’ll leave it at that.”

And on Tuesday Tiger Woods, who won the Masters, the first major of the year, in April, was also asked about the issue.

“Well, I walked with a broken leg,” he said, referencing the final round of his 2008 US Open win.

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