FARMINGDALE, N.J. (AP) — John Daly hates having to use a cart in the PGA Championship and probably wouldn’t do it unless the major didn’t mean so much to him.
Daly used the cart for nine practice holes Wednesday, arriving at the Bethpage Black clubhouse with an elastic bandage around his right knee, a cigarette in one hand and a wish that he could simply walk the 7,459-yard rolling course the next four days.
The PGA of America has come under criticism for giving Daly access to a cart for medical reasons. A committee on the American with Disabilities Act gave Daly an exemption because the arthritis in his knee would have prevented him from competing.
After playing Wednesday, Daly said the cart is a big disadvantage. He can’t figure out where he can go with it.
“Trust me, I hate riding in the cart,” the 53-year-old said. “If I could walk, I would do it. I could probably walk four holes and be done. The thing swells up so bad.”
The long-hitting Daly has been playing in the PGA Tour Champions, a 50-and-older circuit that allows for carts, since 2016, winning once in 2017. He has not won on the PGA Tour since capturing the 2004…