‘Trust me, I hate riding in the cart’: John Daly insists he would rather walk US PGA Championship course after criticism from Tiger Woods
- John Daly has been allowed to use a cart for the PGA Championship at Bethpage
- ‘Wild Thing’ was criticised by Tiger Woods who said he did it with a broken leg
- Daly said: ‘If I could walk, I would do it. I could probably walk four holes’
John Daly admitted he hates having to use a cart in the US PGA Championship and probably would not do it unless the major didn’t mean so much to him.
Daly used the cart for nine practice holes Wednesday, arriving at the Bethpage Black clubhouse with an elastic bandage around his right knee, a cigarette in one hand and a wish that he could simply walk the 7,459-yard rolling course the next four days.
The PGA of America has come under criticism for giving Daly access to a cart for medical reasons and Tiger Woods was among those against the decision. A committee on the American with Disabilities Act gave Daly an exemption because the arthritis in his knee would have prevented him from competing.
John Daly has been given permission to use a cart around the Bethpage Black Course
Daly was pictured smoking a cigarette during his practice round on Wednesday
‘I once walked with a broken leg,’ said Woods pointedly, referring to his epic victory at the US Open in 2008, when he played with a fractured tibia and torn cruciate ligament.
After playing Wednesday, Daly said the cart is a big disadvantage. He can’t figure out where he can go with it.
‘Trust me, I hate riding in the cart,’ the 53-year-old said. ‘If I could walk, I would do it. I could probably walk four holes and be done. The thing swells up so bad.’
Tiger Woods pointedly said that he walked the course when he won it with a broken leg
The long-hitting Daly has been playing in the PGA Tour Champions, a 50-and-older circuit that allows for carts, since 2016, winning once in 2017. He has not won on the PGA Tour since capturing the 2004 Buick Open.
What everybody remembers, though, is his first victory. He captured the PGA Championship in 1991 after getting into the field as the ninth alternate. That memory keeps him coming back.
‘I am a past major winner of this; I just feel obligated. I don’t know why,’ Daly said. ‘I just do. It got me started in my career. It’s very special to me and I just feel like I need to play, or try to anyway.’
Daly insisted that he does not enjoy riding in the cart and is in pain from his knee
The American was also pictured drinking a soft drink from McDonald’s
Daly will be the first player to ride in a cart at a major since Casey Martin in the US Open at Olympic Club in 1998 and 2012.
Bethpage will be a challenge, Daly said. It’s long and the fairways are not providing much roll after recent rain. He noted the greens are perfect.
‘My game is so-so at the moment,’ said the heavy-set player who has lived on the wild side and paid a price for it. ‘It’s not great, but you never know. Give it a shot and see what happens.’