Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Daly withdraws from British Open; was denied use of cart

Daly withdraws from British Open; was denied use of cart

Organizers of the British Open have refused a request by former champion John Daly to use a golf cart at the championship in Royal Portrush this month.

Daly initially said he would try to play "through the pain" of degenerative arthritis in his right knee after seeing his request to use a golf cart turned down by the R&A on Saturday.

Daly, 53, had been permitted to use a buggy in the US Open, approved under the Americans With Disabilities Act, because of a knee problem but later failed to make the cut at Bethpage Black.

Daly has been replaced in the field by American Kevin Streelman with Rory Sabbatini now first reserve for the final major of the year ahead of Brian Harman and Martin Kaymer.

"Having considered all of the relevant factors, the Championship Committee has chose to decline his request", the statement read, in part.

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The 30-year-old will face either 15-year-old Coco Gauff or former world number one Simona Halep for a place in the semi-finals. No. 7 Simona Halep is the highest seeded woman left in the draw.

Daly won The Open in 1995 at St. Andrews. "We must also ensure, as far as possible, the challenge is the same for all players in the field", it said.

Despite the increase, which makes the tournament the second highest prize fund of the five women's majors, the pot remains significantly lower than the US$10.75 million on offer for the men, with the victor of this month's British Open at Royal Portrush set to claim US$1.89 million. It will be contested July 18-21.

With the Open out of the question, Daly will now participate in the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky instead. See you in Ireland. Daly tweeted on Sunday that a bite from a brown recluse led to a trip to the emergency room, where he was "treated for early sepsis".

The victor at Woburn on Sunday 3 August will receive £605,000, a sizeable leap from the £390,000 Georgia Hall got for her victory 12 months ago, but still some way short of the £1.5m that next week's Open champion will pick up at Portrush from a fund of £8.4m.

John Daly has withdrawn from the British Open three days after being told he can't ride in a cart.

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