Requested a query in regards to the PGA Championship permitting John Daly to trip in a cart for this weekend’s occasion, Tiger Woods allows us to draw our conclusions. However, there’s little question about the place he — pardon the pun — stands.“I walked with a damaged leg, so … ” Woods stated on Tuesday to laughs at his pre-event information convention at Bethpage Black on Lengthy Island. Woods’ response was solely seven phrases lengthy and referred to one among his most famous primary victories — the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines that he received in an 18-gap playoff over Rocco Mediate.
Daly, 53, is being allowed to make use of a cart with no roof due to arthritis in his proper knee that he says prevents him from strolling greater than six holes. He would be the first participant to make use of a cart since Casey Martin, who was born with circulation issues in his legs, within the 1998 and 2012 U.S. Opens. Daly had a lifetime exemption for the PGA Championship after successful at Crooked Stick in 1991, however, hasn’t made the reduce since 2012. As a former British Open champion, he additionally has an exemption for that occasion till he’s 60, although he didn’t play final 12 months’ event.
He has not performed the Masters since 2006 and the U.S. Open since 2005. Daly stays a preferred participant, usually signing autographs in an Augusta car parking zone every April and serving as a preferred pitchman for several merchandises. However his plans to journey in a cart — which he does throughout some Champions Tour occasions — has drawn criticism. Not merely from Woods, yet from a couple of columns within the New York tabloids. What stays to be seen is how Daly will likely be handled by a New York crowd that’s infamous for not holding again. Daly’s first spherical is scheduled to tee off at 12:54 native time on Thursday afternoon with two different former champions taking part in on exemptions: Y.E. Yang and Wealthy Beem, which means loads of time for golf followers to tip again a beer or two earlier than attempting to maintain up with Daly’s cart.