Cart ride ends: John Daly will miss the cut at PGA Championship

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John Daly’s ride at the 101st PGA Championship is officially over.

The event’s 1991 champion shot a 6-over 76 during Friday’s second round to cap off an 11-over total, putting him well outside the projected cut line of 3-over when he walked off the course.

“I just couldn’t get anything going,” Daly said. “I missed four fairways by half a foot, and playing out of that rough is difficult. I played good, but it’s a major championship.”

Daly’s presence was a major point of contention leading up to the year’s second major after he received a waiver from the PGA of America to use a golf cart under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Tiger Woods was critical of the decision.

After his 5-over 75 on Thursday, Daly opened up about his feelings on using a cart and his “obligation” as a past winner to keep playing.

“It’s very awkward (to use a cart), and it’s almost to a point where it’s embarrassing,” Daly said. “I don’t want to ride all the time, but if I don’t, I won’t be able to finish. I enjoy playing and I’m still competitive. It’s not really ego; I feel committed.”

Daly plays on the PGA Champions Tour, which allows carts, and said the rules for this week’s event were similar to those of the Champions.

“One rule (for the cart) was to try and keep pace with the way the guys were walking … I can’t go up past my ball, and I can’t drive up and come back, but I never do that on the senior tour,” he explained. “It’s not far from the senior tour, just a couple stipulations.”

John Daly
(Photo: Seth Wenig, AP)

John Daly 

The two-time major champion said he has applied to use a cart for this summer’s British Open, held at Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush July 18-21.

“Ireland is big on the ADA, as most countries should be,” Daly said, noting if he can’t ride, he can’t play. He has yet to hear back on whether he’ll be able to use a cart and is unsure when to expect a ruling.

Daly has now missed 18 PGA Championship cuts since his 1991 win at Crooked Stick. He’s finished inside the top 50 just twice in that same time span.

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Second round: Tiger Woods putts on the second green. Peter Casey, USA TODAY Sports
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Second round: Brooks Koepka plays his shot from the fourth tee. Peter Casey, USA TODAY Sports
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Second round: Ross Fisher and caddie Will Davidson look for his ball in the rough on the 18th hole. Angie Walton, USA TODAY Sports
Second round: Andrew Filbert hits from a bunker on the 18th hole.
Second round: Andrew Filbert hits from a bunker on the 18th hole. Angie Walton, USA TODAY Sports
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First round: Tiger Woods on the 17th hole. Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports
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First round: Graeme McDowell chips onto the 11th green. Peter Casey, USA TODAY Sports
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