Why play if he needs cart? Past PGA champion John Daly 'feels obligated' to play

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — There was a bit of an uproar when John Daly was given approval to use a golf cart during the 101st PGA Championship this week at Bethpage Black.

The 1991 PGA Championship winner put the critics like Tiger Woods aside during Thursday’s opening round, shooting a 5-over 75 playing alongside Y.E. Yang and Rich Beem. Daly, who was tied for 112th, is the first player to use a cart at a major championship since Casey Martin at the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club.

Daly, who plays on the PGA Tour Champions, which allows carts, says his knee injury keeps him from walking a full round. The two-time major champion hasn’t walked at a tournament since last September in an event on the European Tour in Switzerland.

“One rule (for the cart) was to try and keep pace with the way the guys were walking, I think I did a real good job with that,” Daly said after his round. “I can’t go up past my ball and I can’t drive up and come back, but I never do that on the senior tour….

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