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NEWS: Denied Golf Cart, Daly Withdraws From U.S. Senior Open

John Daly hits a tee shot during the 2017 Open Championship. (Photo: Hannah McKay, Reuters)

Struggling with an injured knee, John Daly withdrew from this week’s U.S. Senior Open after the USGA, which runs the championship, turned down his request to use a golf cart.

PGA Tour Champions permits competitors to use carts in its tournaments, and Daly used one last week while finishing in the top 10 at the American Family Insurance Championship in Wisconsin. In a Monday tweet, Daly cited deteriorating osteoarthritis in his right knee and suggested he is eligible for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

In a subsequent statement, the USGA confirmed that Daly had followed its process for requesting a cart but his submission did not support a waiver of the championship’s walking condition. Scott Verplank also requested a cart, and the information he provided supported his request, the statement said. The USGA later said it offered Daly the opportunity to provide additional information to support his request but that Daly instead opted to withdraw.    

In a subsequent tweet, Daly said no additional information was ever requested.


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