The story garnering the most attention at this week’s PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in New York isn’t if Tiger Woods can win back-to-back majors, but rather John Daly and his special cart.
Daly, who’s dealing with severe knee problems, has been granted a waiver by the PGA, allowing him to use a cart to get around the course. He’s the first player to use a cart in a major since Casey Martin in 1998 and 2012.
“I can’t walk more than six holes before the whole knee swells up,” Daly told the Associated Press. “And then I can’t go anymore.”
Daly’s cart use does not seem to be sitting well with everyone, particularly Tiger Woods.
“I walked on a broken leg,” Woods said, referring to his win at the 2008 U.S. Open in which he battled a fractured leg and torn ACL.
Tiger on John Daly taking a cart this week: “I walked on a broken leg.”
— Sean Martin (@PGATOURSMartin) May 14, 2019
Daly responded to Woods’ comments today, saying he wish he knew “all the facts” before commenting.
“Might have been a different comment,’’ Daly told USA TODAY. “As well as the Golf Channel Wednesday morning, when they bashed me pretty good, and a few others (who criticized Daly).’’
We got our first look at Daly and his cart at the PGA Championship earlier this afternoon:
A fan just yelled “How’s that McFlurry?” at John Daly as he cruised along his practice round with a McDonalds cup 😂
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 15, 2019
The 2019 PGA Championship is set to officially begin on Thursday morning, with the first tee times going off before 7 a.m. E.T.