British Open rebuff Daly's cart request

John Daly's request to use a cart at the British Open has been turned down by the R&A, but the 1995 champion still aims to play at Royal Portrush.

07-Jul-2019 By Australian Associated Press
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British Open officials have refused a request by former champion John Daly to use a golf cart at this month's tournament at Royal Portrush.

Daly had applied to use a cart because of his arthritic right knee.

The PGA of America allowed Daly to use a cart at this year's PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. He was 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.

Open chiefs at the Royal & Ancient revealed there were declining the request because "walking the course is an integral part of the championship and is central to the tradition of links golf."

The R&A said it was important to "ensure that, as far as possible, the challenge is the same for all players in the field."

The governing body says Portrush in Northern Ireland was not suited to golf carts, and was concerned that "some parts of the course, where there are severe slopes and swales, would be inaccessible."

In its statement released Saturday, the R&A said "we appreciate the difficulty John is facing and have full sympathy for him as this is clearly a serious, long-term condition."

Reacting to the R&A's decision, Daly said on Twitter he was "quite disappointed" and he "could not disagree more with their conclusions."

Daly, the 1995 champion at St. Andrews, says he is aiming to take part in the British Open nonetheless, adding "fingers crossed I can make it thru the pain."

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