John Daly withdraws from British Open after being denied golf cart

John Daly

Daly says he has osteoarthritis in his right knee and that makes it hard to walk. "We must also ensure that, as far as possible, the challenge is the same for all players in the field", the statement said.

Portrush in Northern Island, where the Grand Slam tournament will be held, is not suited for golf carts and there was a concern that "some parts of the course, where there are severe slopes and swales, would be inaccessible", the governing body said.

"We have carefully considered the request from John Daly to use a buggy at The Open", a statement from the R&A read.

Daly, who suffers from osteoarthritis in his right knee, regularly uses a cart on the senior tour and was granted a medical exemption by the PGA of America to use a cart at the PGA Championship in May. He was the first player to ride in a cart at a major since Casey Martin in the U.S. Open at Olympic Club in 1998 and 2012.

Back in 1995, John Daly won The Open Championship at St. Andrews.

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Daly's decision was announced Tuesday by the R&A, which confirmed Kevin Streelman as Daly's replacement at Royal Portrush.

In a Twitter note that he described as "My life chapter 84k", Daly says he was on vacation in England last week when he was bitten by a spider without realizing it.

Daly is exempt from qualifying, like all British Open winners, until he is aged 60.

In the post on Saturday, the 53-year-old said: "Just got word the R&A turned down my application to use a cart at the 2019 Open Championship". He said he "could not disagree more with their conclusions".

Andy Pazder, the chief tournaments and competition officer for the PGA Tour, said Daly late previous year was approved to use a cart through 2019 at PGA Tour events and PGA Tour Champions events that require walking.

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