The Open: John Daly's Royal Portrush buggy request 'under consideration'

John Daly drives to the 10th tee during the first round of the PGA Championship

John Daly drives to the 10th tee during the first round of the PGA Championship

"How's the knee feeling?"

Daly had his application to use a buggy during this week's US PGA Championship approved under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) because of a knee problem. He added that he'd much prefer to walk the course like every other competitor, not to mention his caddie, but using the cart was the only way he could participate. Daly said he won't be able to play in Northern Island without one. "It's to a point where it's nearly embarrassing".

He did so in a garish pair of trousers emblazoned with different historic Yankees logos. "As far as J.D. taking a cart, I walked with a broken leg, so..." he said. "I played good. It's a major championship. I really want to play".

Using the cart Thursday made Daly the first to do so during a major championship since Casey Martin at the U.S. Open in 1998 and 2012. He hasn't yet received an answer from The R&A.

He is also eligible to play The Open until he is 60 after his win in 1995.

The rare sight was jarring for many golf fans, with carts not normally permitted to be ridden by pros at tournaments.

And as he walked to cart No. 515 after the hole, Daly was asked: "Can I help you there?"

"I'm not one who wants to ride all the time". I just do. It got me started in my career.

Daly said it had been nearly embarrassing riding a cart at Bethpage Black, where he limped on his knee "the size of a softball" around the long and hilly course on Thursday. Doctors have told him he's too young to have knee replacement surgery, and warned him that the arthritis would return. I don't know why. "He's literally in pain".

There were some restrictions for use of the cart, like he couldn't drive up over a hill to see what was there and then drive back. "He's out there battling".

It's no secret that Daly is more of an enigma than anyone else participating at Bethpage Black Course.

Wearing loud New York Yankees-themed trousers and sucking on cigarettes throughout the day, the golf cult hero still drew a crowd, with mostly positive encouragement from fans along the gallery rope when he parked his cart in between shots. A fan screamed, "All that gym time is paying off!"

"It's your world, John", one yelled to him (per ESPN). "We're just living in it, baby".

On the par-3 14th hole, Daly hit his tee shot off the base of a camera tower. And the PGA gave him some suggested routes, but Daly said he improvised in some instances. "Do it! It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance".

Daly drove to the greenside bunker, hit the sand wedge to within 2 feet and knocked it in for a bogey.

The tough NY crowd agreed with him. He has not won on the PGA Tour since capturing the 2004 Buick Open.

A lot of fans cheered for Daly, and a lot of them just laughed. He averaged nearly two putts - and about one cigarette - per hole.

So why did Daly join the PGA Championship? PGA officials wouldn't allow him to carry rain gear or an umbrella in his cart - but he was able to have an extra-large cup from McDonald's and four cans of Diet Coke to refill it.

"I heard some hysterical things", Beem said.

"Let's go John, drive it straight!"

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