FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – John Daly and his bum proper knee rode away from the PGA Championship comfortable to get the prospect to play, even with assistance from a cart that induced some controversy.
Daly shot a 6-over 76 on Friday and completed 36 holes at Bethpage Black at 11 over, a rating that may miss the reduce for the weekend.
The outcomes weren’t stunning, contemplating the 53-year-old Daly has been taking part in within the PGA Tour Champions, a 50-and-older circuit that permits for carts, since 2016, successful as soon as in 2017. He has not received on the PGA Tour since capturing the 2004 Buick Open.
The choice by the PGA of America to permit Daly to make use of a cart on this occasion due to his arthritic proper knee has been a problem for a lot of.
However the followers cherished seeing the cigarette-smoking, long-hitting Daly, who seems to be extra like a mean weekend golfer than a professional.
”I used to be comfortable I performed,” Daly mentioned after the spherical. ”I performed good. It is a main championship. If you happen to miss a fairway right here and there by just a bit bit, you’re going to rating unhealthy and I did.”
The worst might need been the bogey on the 18th, his last gap. His drive discovered a bunker. His second shot discovered one other bunker and his third discovered a greenside bunker.
After the second shot, he drove to his bag because the caddie manicured the sand, grabbed a membership and slammed the bag down.
Daly drove to the greenside bunker, hit the sand wedge to inside 2 toes and knocked it in for a bogey.
The gang roared.
It was an ideal ending to a efficiency that was something however.
Daly mentioned he felt obligated to play within the PGA Championship, the match that made him a fan favourite after he received at Crooked Stick in 1991 on the ninth alternate. He added a second main, capturing the British Open in 1995.
”This can be a week I am unable to depart disgusted as a result of I performed good golf,” Daly mentioned. ”It performed lengthy and also you simply miss fairways by slightly bit, the tough is so thick; most likely the thickest I’ve ever seen, you’re simply laying up. I am not robust sufficient to get it wherever close to.”
Daly, who visibly limped when he walked on the course, added that he simply could not get his putts to the outlet.
When somebody famous he had two birdies on Friday, he quipped, ”At the least I lastly made just a few.”
Daly is the primary participant to trip in a cart at a significant since Casey Martin within the U.S. Open at Olympic Membership in 1998 and 2012.
He additionally has requested for an exemption for the British Open and is awaiting a response.