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Friday, 17 May 2019

'It's almost embarrassing': Daly jeered at US PGA


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John Daly was as popular as ever at the US PGA Championship despite using a cart for the first round of the tournament.

Daly, who has an arthritic right knee and walks with a slight limp, is riding a cart at the tournament under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The rare sight was jarring for many golf fans, with carts not normally permitted to be ridden by pros at tournaments. The Bethpage Black course in New York also doesn't have cart paths.

Still, with several diet Coke cans in tow - as well a jumbo size McDonald's Coke - Daly finished his round on the cart.

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Wearing loud New York Yankees-themed pants and sucking on cigarettes throughout the day, the golf cult hero still drew a crowd, with mostly positive encouragement from fans along the gallery rope when he parked his cart in between shots.

"Let's go John, drive it straight!"

"Good job, John. Great shot! And the Yankees pants I love it!"

"It’s your world, John! We’re just living in it, baby!"

"You got a DUI on that thing?" others hollered.

"Give him a ride," one yelled as Daly's caddie couldn't go in the cart under US PGA rules.

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One supporter asked Daly how his knee was feeling, to which the 1991 champion replied to laughs, "like s---". But Daly didn't smile.

Daly said it had been almost embarrassing riding a cart at Bethpage Black, where he limped on his knee "the size of a softball" around the long and hilly course on Thursday.

"It's very awkward, to a point it's almost embarrassing, but I love the PGA, and I feel like as past champion I belong to play ... I feel obligated," the 1991 champion said after shooting five-over-par 75.

John Daly at the PGA Championship

Speaking after the first round at the PGA Championship, Daly said he had applied to the R&A organising body for permission to ride a cart for the British Open in Norther Ireland between July 18-21 and was awaiting a reply.

"Ireland is big on the ADA like most countries should be," Daly told reporters at Bethpage Black.

"Trust me, if I could walk I would rather walk. I feel like I always have played better when I walk.

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"I'm not one who wants to ride all the time. It's just something, if I don't I'm not going to be able to play, not going to be able to finish."

Daly confirmed he will not play next month's British Open at Royal Portrush if he is not allowed to ride a cart, the 1995 champion said.

Daly walked two years ago at Royal Birkdale, where he missed the cut, and did not play last year.

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He ruled out walking at Portrush.

"I wouldn't be able to," said the 53-year-old American.

"Hard pan (surfaces typical of links courses) is better to walk on. I would probably get nine holes and that would be about it.

"Out here (I could walk) maybe four before I couldn't even swing."

John Daly was as popular as ever at the US PGA Championship despite using a cart for the first round of the tournament.

Daly, who has an arthritic right knee and walks with a slight limp, is riding a cart at the tournament under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The rare sight was jarring for many golf fans, with carts not normally permitted to be ridden by pros at tournaments. The Bethpage Black course in New York also doesn't have cart paths.

Still, with several diet Coke cans in tow - as well a jumbo size McDonald's Coke - Daly finished his round on the cart.

https://twitter.com/KylePorterCBS/status/1129107834715746304

Wearing loud New York Yankees-themed pants and sucking on cigarettes throughout the day, the golf cult hero still drew a crowd, with mostly positive encouragement from fans along the gallery rope when he parked his cart in between shots.

"Let's go John, drive it straight!"

"Good job, John. Great shot! And the Yankees pants I love it!"

"It’s your world, John! We’re just living in it, baby!"

"You got a DUI on that thing?" others hollered.

"Give him a ride," one yelled as Daly's caddie couldn't go in the cart under US PGA rules.

https://twitter.com/HQGolfGuy/status/1129075358333054976https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/1129062085894316032https://twitter.com/CPowers14/status/1129104027566989312

One supporter asked Daly how his knee was feeling, to which the 1991 champion replied to laughs, "like s---". But Daly didn't smile.

Daly said it had been almost embarrassing riding a cart at Bethpage Black, where he limped on his knee "the size of a softball" around the long and hilly course on Thursday.

"It's very awkward, to a point it's almost embarrassing, but I love the PGA, and I feel like as past champion I belong to play ... I feel obligated," the 1991 champion said after shooting five-over-par 75.

John Daly at the PGA Championship

Speaking after the first round at the PGA Championship, Daly said he had applied to the R&A organising body for permission to ride a cart for the British Open in Norther Ireland between July 18-21 and was awaiting a reply.

"Ireland is big on the ADA like most countries should be," Daly told reporters at Bethpage Black.

"Trust me, if I could walk I would rather walk. I feel like I always have played better when I walk.

https://twitter.com/SI_Golf/status/1129106638332469254

"I'm not one who wants to ride all the time. It's just something, if I don't I'm not going to be able to play, not going to be able to finish."

Daly confirmed he will not play next month's British Open at Royal Portrush if he is not allowed to ride a cart, the 1995 champion said.

Daly walked two years ago at Royal Birkdale, where he missed the cut, and did not play last year.

https://twitter.com/SchutteCFB/status/1129107626460098560

He ruled out walking at Portrush.

"I wouldn't be able to," said the 53-year-old American.

"Hard pan (surfaces typical of links courses) is better to walk on. I would probably get nine holes and that would be about it.

"Out here (I could walk) maybe four before I couldn't even swing."

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