John Daly has been granted approval for the use of a golf cart during the upcoming PGA Championship.
Though it does not seem to be a decision that is sitting well with other players, the PGA of America has approved Daly's request made under the American with Disabilities Act policy, as BonusBets.com reports.
The 53-year-old player and 1991 PGA champion applied for the cart allowance because of osteoarthritis he has suffered with problems in his right knee. Just last year he was forced to withdraw his place at the US Senior Open, citing issues with his knee and the USGA not allowing him to use a cart in the competition as the reason. He had applied then to have the use of the golf cart rather than walk between shots, but the request was denied despite the player having osteoarthritis in the right knee.
In a tweet at the time, Daly said, "Just going to give the knee a rest. Don't know what's ahead for me.” Daly has also previously confirmed that he has attempted the use of stem cell therapy to try and gain relief from the ongoing knee condition.
Not all players are happy with the decision, and this includes Nick Faldo who is a six-time major champion. Speaking during a promotional conference all which was organised by CBS to promote their coverage of the event, Faldo said “I think walking is an integral part of being a pro golfer. I’ll leave it at that.”
Daly was the PGA Championship winner in 1991 and has played since with a lifetime exemption for past winners. He has been on the senior circuit, which is for players over the age of 50 for the last three years, and there is no issue with the cart use in those competitions, and it does not require special clearance. He is a two-time major champion and the decision to disallow the cart last year was met with frustration, so it is a positive move that it is allowed this time around.
So far there has been no player to use a cart at the PGA Championship, but in terms of majors, the last male golfer to invoke his right to a cart under the American with Disabilities Act policy was Casey Martin, and he did this twice playing at the US Open, both in 1998 and 2012. However, he too met with a challenge, despite having been born with a defect that causes painful restriction of his circulation in the right leg. He was initially banned from using a cart on the PGA Tour and sued. It was a case that went as far as the United States Supreme Court where they pulled the tour was not entitled to make its own policies on the matter.
This year the PGA Championship is due to get underway at the Bethpage Black course which is a public course in New York, and it begins on the 16th of May.