John Daly gets exemption to ride a cart at the Barracuda Championship

John Daly
Fans surround John Daly near the 18th green at last week's Barbasol Championship. He was granted use of a cart for this week's Barracuda Championship. (Alex Slitz/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

John Daly, the biggest name in the Barracuda Championship, was granted an exemption to ride a golf cart at this week's tournament.

It is the second consecutive week a PGA Tour event has granted him the exemption, which he has asked for because of osteoarthritis in his right knee. The PGA of America allowed Daly permission to use a cart at this year's PGA Championship in May, making him the first player to ride a cart in a major championship since Casey Martin in the 2012 U.S. Open.

Daly filed his request under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Daly said his knee prevents him from walking more than six holes at a time. Montreux Golf & Country Club is known as one of the more difficult courses on the PGA Tour to walk given its undulation and high-elevation location.

Daly, a two-time major champion, was denied use of a cart for last week's British Open, which kept him out of the event. Instead the 53-year-old played in the Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Ky., where he missed the cut by three strokes after shooting a 71 and 72 for a total of 1-under 143.

Daly is best known for winning the 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 British Open. He's won five PGA Tour events, the last coming at the 2004 Buick Invitational. His last victory was the 2017 Insperity Invitational on the Champions Tour. He has failed to make the cut in his last six PGA Tour events, including two this year. The last time he did make the cut at a PGA Tour event was at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in March 2018 when he finished tied for 65th.

Daly has been a regular in Reno, playing in this event eight times previously. He last played in 2015 when he missed the cut. His best finish here came in 2012 when he tied for fifth. That was his lone top 10 in Reno.

The Barracuda runs opposite the higher-profile World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in in Memphis, Tenn., with Daly being one of the few household names in this year's Barracuda, which will tee off for its 21st season with Thursday's first round.

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