Column: Daly turns PGA Championship into ridiculous sideshow

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Published 4:13 p.m. ET May 10, 2019 | Updated 5:33 p.m. ET May 10, 2019

Next week, there will be a legitimate major championship at Bethpage Black.

We’ll also get a ridiculous sideshow, at least for the first couple of days.

John Daly will rip it up in the PGA Championship — while gripping the wheel of a golf cart.

Yep, the guardians of the game are accommodating a 53-year-old who spent a good part of his life not taking good care of himself and has zero chance of winning.

“I think walking is an integral part of being a pro golfer,” six-time major champion Nick Faldo said during a conference call to promote CBS’s coverage of the event. “I’ll leave it at that.”

Sir Nick is right.

If an arthritic knee won’t allow Daly to walk such a demanding course — and we’re in no way questioning his condition — then he shouldn’t play.

Making matters worse, this dubious decision denies a deserving player the chance to take part. The alternate list for the second major of the year is filled with regulars on PGA Tour, any of whom could possibly win the event if they’re on top of their game.

As of Friday, Richy Werenski was the first guy in should someone in the 156-player field…

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