Golf: American Daly withdraws from British Open, changes mind about playing through pain without cart

(REUTERS) – Twice Major champion John Daly has pulled out of next week’s British Open after his request to use a golf cart was denied by tournament organisers, the BBC reported on Tuesday (July 9).

The colourful and controversial American, who has an arthritic right knee, used a cart at the PGA Championship in May under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

After the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) rejected his request on Saturday, the 53-year-old said he would try to play through pain but he has since changed his mind.

The R&A said the terrain at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland was not suited to golf carts and the club did not permit their use.

American Kevin Streelman will replace 1995 British Open winner Daly in the field.

Daly is exempt from qualifying, like all British Open winners, until he is aged 60.

The British Open returns to Portrush for the first time in 68 years from July 18 to 21.

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