The 1995 Open champion John Daly WON’T be at Carnoustie this year after his request to compete with the aid of a buggy was apparently rejected.
Daly, 52, will sit out the third men’s major championship of the season for the first time since 2013 as a result of ongoing knee problems.
His place in the field is taken by former US PGA champion Keegan Bradley.
Daly has been suffering from osteoarthritis In his right knee, which forced him to sit out the recent US Senior Open at The Broadmoor. In the wake of that withdrawal, the American hit out at the USGA for refusing to let him use a buggy, which he says would have enabled him to compete.
Judging by tweets he sent to announce that he’s pulling out of the Open, it seems that the buggy issue is ongoing.
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!— John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) July 14, 2018
Replying to a follower’s observation that “no other professional sport has allowances if injured”, Daly proved that he has been reading up on his rights.
Obviously.... you don’t know much. In the handbook guidelines state “players encouraged to walk, However, should a player exercise his option to utilize a cart he can following cart policy rules”— John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) July 14, 2018
Since the turn of the century Daly has played in The Open 17 times – missing the cut on 12 occasions.
Daly's wildest outfits - would you wear any of these?