Asked a question about the PGA Championship allowing John Daly to ride in a cart for this weekend’s event, Tiger Woods let us draw our own conclusions.
But there’s no doubt about where he — pardon the pun — stands.
“I walked with a broken leg, so ... ” Woods said on Tuesday to laughs at his pre-tournament news conference at Bethpage Black on Long Island.
Woods’ response was only seven words long and made reference to one of his most famous major victories — the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines that he won in an 18-hole playoff over Rocco Mediate.
Daly, 53, is being allowed to use a cart with no roof because of arthritis in his right knee that he says prevents him from walking more than six holes. He will be the first player to use a cart since Casey Martin, who was born with circulation problems in his legs, in the 1998 and 2012 U.S. Opens.
Daly has a lifetime exemption for the PGA Championship after winning at Crooked Stick in 1991, but hasn’t made the cut since 2012. As a former British Open champion, he also has an exemption for that event until he’s 60, though he did not play last year’s tournament.
He has not played the Masters since 2006 and the U.S. Open since 2005.
Daly remains a popular player, regularly signing autographs in an Augusta parking lot each April and serving as a popular pitchman for several products.
But his plans to ride in a cart — which he does during some Champions Tour events — has drawn criticism. Not just from Woods, but from a few columns in the New York tabloids.
What remains to be seen is how Daly will be treated by a New York crowd that is notorious for not holding back. Daly’s first round is scheduled to tee off at 12:54 local time on Thursday afternoon with two other former champions playing on exemptions: Y.E. Yang and Rich Beem.
That means plenty of time for golf fans to tip back a beer or two before trying to keep up with Daly’s cart.
“I hope I don't get a lot of grief from the fans,” Daly told the Associated Press last week. “My knee is screwed. I had the meniscus cut out. I have osteoarthritis so bad ... I can walk up a hill, I just can't walk down one.”
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