Sports | May 8, 2019 11:13 am

John Daly Will be Allowed to Use Cart at PGA Championship

Daly says his knee prevents him from walking more than six holes

John Daly. (Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty)
John Daly. (Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty)
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After applying for an exemption citing American with Disabilities Act policy, John Daly has been approved to use a golf cart at next week’s PGA Championship at Bethpage Black on Long Island.

Daly, who suffers from arthritis in his right knee, provided “the requisite information to allow for a review of his request by the PGA’s medical team.” Following a review, the PGA approved Daly’s request and he will drive a roofless golf cart at next week’s tournament.

The 53-year-old, who says his knee prevents him from walking more than six holes on the golf course, will be the first player to drive a cart at a major championship since Casey Martin in the U.S. Open at Olympic Club in 2012.

“I hope I don’t get a lot of grief from the fans,” Daly said in a telephone interview with The AP. “My knee is screwed. I had the meniscus cut out. I have osteoarthritis so bad … I can walk up a hill, I just can’t walk down one. The whole thing (stinks), But I can’t walk more than six holes before the whole knee swells up, and then I can’t go anymore.”

Despite Daly having the advantage of using a cart, don’t expect for it to matter on the leaderboard.

Tiger Woods is favored to win the PGA Championship at 9/1, followed by Dustin Johnson (10/1), Rory McIlroy (12/1), Brooks Koepka (12/1), Justin Thomas (14/1), Rickie Fowler (16/1), Jon Rahm (16/1) and Justin Rose (18/1). Daly’s odds are 1000/1. Which, to be fair, are better than Tony Romo’s odds at the PGA tournament he’s playing at this week.