1995 Open champion Daly denied cart by R&A
Perhaps not unexpectedly, the R&A has denied former Open champion John Daly the chance to use a cart to play this year’s Open at Portrush.
The denial stands in stark contrast to the PGA of America, who caved to the request and allowed Daly to ride in a cart during the recent PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.
John Daly (Credit: R&A)
“Quite disappointed they do not see it in the same way our PGA of America and PGA Tour sees it,” posted Daly.
“Different continent different laws? As a proud Open champion I know what the Open Championship represents and what a special tournament it is. I believe all who have earned the right to compete should be afforded that right to compete and give it their best shot.”
“While I trust the R&A’s decision was made with good intentions, I could not disagree more with their conclusions.”
The R&A posted a statement online outlining their decision.
“The R&A have carefully considered the request from 1995 Champion Golfer of the Year John Daly to use a buggy at The 148th Open at Royal Portrush later this month. The R&A appreciate the difficulty John is facing and have full sympathy for him as this is clearly a serious, long-term condition.”
“Having considered all of the relevant factors, the Championship Committee has decided to decline his request. The R&A believe that walking the course is an integral part of the Championship and is central to the tradition of links golf which is synonymous with The Open. We must also ensure that, as far as possible, the challenge is the same for all players in the field.”
“The terrain at Royal Portrush is not suited to buggies and indeed the club itself does not permit their use. We have a serious concern that some parts of the course, where there are severe slopes and swales, would be inaccessible.”
“This is not a decision we have taken lightly but we believe it is the right one for The Open.”
Initially Daly said he would compete anyway, however, he has now made the decision to withdraw and will be replaced by Kevin Streelman.
The 53-year-old has reportedly made enquires about playing in the Barbasol Championship that week.