Injured Daly hits out at USGA cart knock-back
No cart equals no Wild Thing and it was as simple as that to explain John Daly’s absence from last weekend’s US Senior Open at The Broadmoor outside Denver.
An injured Daly was denied a special request to compete in a cart so the two-time major champion decided to drop out of the event.
John Daly (Credit: www.golffile.ie)
And, according to Daly, it is the last time he’ll cross paths with the United States Golf Association, who ran the event.
Daly, 52, suggested he might never play in a USGA event again after they opted to refuse his request to ride in a cart under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“It’s just not worth it to me,” said Daly, who is nursing a knee injury sustained when a car crashed into his RV in Augusta, Georgia the week of the US Masters.
Earlier, Daly petitioned the USGA for use of a cart, but after reviewing his case the USGA determined his condition did not support a waiver of the walking condition for the event.
In a statement released on the eve of the event the USGA said: “We offered Mr. Daly the opportunity to provide additional information to support his request for a cart.”
“He informed us (Monday) morning that he decided to withdraw.”
It’s not the first time big John has clashed with USGA officialdom.
In the 1999 US Open at Pinehurst his frustrations got the better of him and he hit a moving ball back up a hill as it was rolling back towards his feet.
“It’s not worth it. This is my last US Open – ever,” he said at the time.
“I’ve had it with the USGA and the way they run their tournaments. The USGA loves to embarrass guys who play in their tournaments.”
Daly did cool down and indeed returned to play in the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach.
He played a couple more Opens after that.
Now the big fellow is reported to be having amniotic fluid injected into his injured knee in the hope of returning to the US Seniors circuit.