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John Daly Out of US Senior Open After Denied Use of Cart

John Daly Out of US Senior Open After Denied Use of Cart
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By    |   Tuesday, 26 June 2018 08:25 AM

John Daly is out of the U.S. Senior Open, claiming the United States Golf Association denied him use of a cart even though he said he is recovering from an injured knee.

Daly told USA Today his attorneys said the injury made him eligible for a cart under the American Disabilities Act but the USGA claimed the injury was not severe enough to warrant a cart.

USGA rules for evaluating the use of a cart by a player say medical documents must demonstrate a disability as defined by the ADA, that a cart is needed because of the disability, and that it does not fundamentally alter “the fairness of the competition" against players who are required to walk the course.

"I've been fighting this (injury) for so long and it's my career they're screwing around with here," Daly, 52, told USA Today on Monday. "… I've been playing good golf and I want to play golf, that's what I do for a living. But you know, you can't walk 18 holes, you can't walk 18 holes."

The USGA issued a statement about Daly's situation on Monday.

"We offered Mr. Daly the opportunity to provide additional information to support his request for a cart,'' the USGA said. "He informed us this morning that he decided to withdraw."

Daly complained that an exception was granted for Scott Verplank, who is battling diabetes, to use a cart during the event.

"He can compete when he has a cart,'' Daly told USA Today. "But when you’re hurt like I am, and this falls under the umbrella of the ADA — no doubt, I’ve researched it a little bit and my lawyers have researched it — we’ve sent nice letters (to the USGA) but nobody seems to want to approve it.''

Golf Digest reported Daly was forced to withdraw from a PGA Tour Champions event this past October when his right knee collapsed, and he hurt it again in April when a woman slammed her car into his RV in an Augusta Hooters parking lot in Georgia during the week of the Masters.

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John Daly is out of the U.S. Senior Open, claiming the United States Golf Association denied him use of a cart even though he said he is recovering from an injured knee.
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