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The R&A has confirmed that John Daly has withdrawn from next week’s Open.

In a short statement, the championship organisers announced that the 1995 winner has pulled out ‘due to a medical condition’.

According to as-yet-unconfirmed reports in the US, Daly – whose place at Royal Portrush has been taken by Kevin Streelman – will instead play in the Barbasol Championship in the US instead, where he is expected to be allowed to use a buggy.

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Daly, who has degenerative arthritis in his knee, had asked the R&A for permission to use a buggy next week. He was afforded the same courtesy by the PGA of America during the US PGA Championship in May.

However, in a social media post at the weekend, Daly revealed the R&A had turned down his request – much to his annoyance.

“Just
got word the R&A turned down my application to use a cart at the
2019 Open Championship,” wrote Daly. “Quite disappointed they do not see
it the same way our PGA of America and PGA Tour sees it. Different
continents different laws???

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“As
a proud Open champion, I know what the Open Championship represent and
what a special tournament it is. I believe all who have earned the right
to compete should be afforded that right to compete and give it their
best shot.

John Daly Open Wd

“While I trust the R&A’s decision was made with good intentions, I could not disagree more with their conclusions.”

In the same post, he stated his intention to nonetheless play in the final men’s major of the season.

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He
subsequently revealed details of a spider bite he suffered in England
last week, from which he claimed he was lucky to survive.

Streelman
had jumped into the first reserve spot after Joaquin Niemann was added
to the field yesterday following Todd Hamilton’s withdrawal.

Rory Sabbatini is now first reserve, followed by Brian Harman and Martin Kaymer.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

Deputy Editor

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