John Daly withdrew from the U.S. Senior Open on Monday, citing a knee injury and claiming the United States Golf Association wouldn’t allow him to use a cart.
Daly said he is plagued by osteoarthritis in his right knee and unable to walk The Broadmoor course in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tournament begins Thursday.
He revealed the situation on his Twitter account.
“Unfortunately–I had to WD from the US SENIOR OPEN. The deteriorating osteoarthritis isn’t helping my rt knee. I fall under the @ADANational but @USGA turned down a cart for me this week. Just going to give the knee a rest. Don’t know what’s ahead for me.”
The USGA responded with a statement through its own Twitter account, saying Daly didn’t meet the guidelines of the American Disabilities Act (ADA).
“His submission did not support a waiver of the walking condition. We offered Mr. Daly the opportunity to provide additional information to support his request for a cart. He informed us this morning that he decided to withdraw,” the USGA wrote.
Daly, 52, said his lawyers informed him he is eligible to use a cart under the ADA. The USGA disagrees and said Daly’s injury isn’t severe enough to grant him a cart.
Another golfer, Scott Verplank, who suffers from diabetes, was granted use of a cart.
“He can compete when he has a cart,” Daly told USA Today of Verplank. “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.”
The golf tours are subject to following the ADA due to the 2001 Supreme Court decision in PGA Tour vs. Martin. At the time, the PGA refused to allow golfer Casey Martin, who had a circulatory condition that hindered his walking, to use a golf cart. But the Supreme Court ruled that the ADA obligates the PGA to accommodate players who met the requirements for using a cart during competition.
Meanwhile, Daly told USA Today that he will undergo arthroscopic surgery to have loose cartilage removed from the troublesome knee. He said the procedure will take place on Friday.
–Field Level Media