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Why John Daly is allowed to ride in a golf cart at the PGA Championship – but not his golf clubs!

  • John Daly drives a cart around the course as his arthritis limits his walking ability
  • Daly won the championship in 1991 and is playing in his 547th PGA Tour event.
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John Daly is back at the PGA Championship, with fans wondering why the golf veteran is driving a golf cart without his clubs.

On opening day, a photo of the 58-year-old driving his cart around the Valhalla course went viral on social media. However, many were intrigued by the caddy carrying his clubs on foot.

Although not used often, carts are permitted in the PGA Tour Championship, with various restrictions on their use. For example, players can’t have their bags on their cart, and their caddy isn’t allowed to drive the cart unless tournament officials say otherwise — thus explaining Daly’s viral image.

While carts are mostly given the green light on tour, some larger events and majors are an exception to the rule.

The use of trolleys has received its fair share of backlash, with competitors pointing out how it can provide a competitive advantage. Last year, Paul Goydos claimed to have seen players in carts wrongly surveying the course during tournaments.

A photo of John Daly riding a golf cart at the PGA Championship went viral Thursday.

A photo of John Daly riding a golf cart at the PGA Championship went viral Thursday.

PGA rules state that while Daly can drive a cart, he cannot place his clubs on it.

PGA rules state that while Daly can drive a cart, he cannot place his clubs on it.

The 58-year-old started at 8:32 a.m. Thursday with Lee Hodges and Robert MacIntryre.

The 58-year-old started at 8:32 a.m. Thursday with Lee Hodges and Robert MacIntryre.

“I’ve seen players drive their carts up to the green, examine it, then return to their ball and play,” Goydos wrote on, responding to a fan wondering about the inconvenience of walking. “They leave their carts near the green. Short par 4s.

Daly uses the cart because his arthritis prevents him from walking more than six holes on the course.

“I hope I don’t get a lot of grief from the fans,” Daly said in 2022.

“My knee is ruined. I had the meniscus cut. I have so much arthritis. I can walk up a hill. I just can’t get one down,” he continued.

After gaining approval from the PGA of America two years ago, Daly became the first player to do so in a major since Casey Martin in 2012. Casey also rode a cart at the 1998 U.S. Open.

Daly tees off at 8:32 a.m. Thursday with Lee Hodges and Robert MacIntryre in his 547th PGA Tour event. During his career, he collected five wins, three top 3s, 23 top 5s and 35 top tens.

The University of Arkansas product won the PGA Championship in 1991, the same year he joined the tour.

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