Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

The 148th Open: John Daly withdraws due to medical reasons

The 148th Open: John Daly withdraws due to medical reasons

The news comes just days after the R&A denied Daly's request to use a golf cart at Royal Portrush during the season's fourth major.

It is unclear if the medical condition is the arthritis Daly has in his right knee, which caused him to use a cart at the PGA Championship in May, or if the medical condition is referencing his overall status following surgery to remove an infection after being bit by a poisonous spider.

In a tweet last Saturday, Daly said he would "give it a shot" at the Open without the cart, before his decision to withdraw came Tuesday.

Daly won The Open in 1995 at St. Andrews.

John Daly is headed to Kentucky.

"We recognised that more needed to be done to elevate the prize fund for this great championship and are pleased that we have been able to make a significant increase this year as part of The R&A's commitment to women's golf", said chief executive of The R&A, Martin Slumbers, in a statement.

Andy Pazder, the chief tournaments and competition officer for the PGA Tour, said Daly late previous year was approved to use a cart through 2019 at PGA Tour events and PGA Tour Champions events that require walking. "We must also ensure, as far as possible, the challenge is the same for all players in the field", it said.

In a Twitter note that he described as "My life chapter 84k", Daly says he was on vacation in England last week when he was bitten by a spider without realizing it. It's not clear if Daly will be allowed to use a cart at the Barbasol.

"Having considered all of the relevant factors, the Championship Committee has made a decision to decline his request", said the R&A, who added that they had "full sympathy" with Daly's position.

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