John Daly WD's from the Open due to 'medical condition'

John Daly WD's from the Open due to 'medical condition'

The prize pot remains significantly smaller than the $10.75 million on offer at the men's British Open at Royal Portrush this month, with the victor receiving $1.89 million.

Daly, 53, is allowed to use a cart on the 50-and-older tour and was given permission to use one earlier this year at the PGA Championship, but his application for the 2019 Open was denied.

Daly cited the Americans with Disabilities Act in requesting - and receiving - a cart for the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.

He won The Open at St Andrews in 1995 and is exempt for that major through 2026 when he is 60.

"Quite disappointed they do not see it the same way our PGA of America and PGA Tour sees it". The group added it was important to "ensure that, as far as possible, the challenge is the same for all players in the field". Daly expressed disappointment with the R&A's decision on Saturday but initially said he planed to "give it a shot" at this year's tournament, which begins on July 18.

But Daly's decision to withdraw might be about more than his knee pain.

Next month's Women's British Open, which takes place at Woburn Golf Club from 1st to 4th August, will be the first under the tournament's new five-year title sponsorship with finance and insurance firm AIG, which signed a deal in November last year to replace electronics company Ricoh.

"Craziest event! Was in England last wk (sic) and incurred a spider bite, not really knowing it", Daly posted on social media.

The nature of Daly's condition - be it his arthritic knee or a spider bite - was not entirely clear.

"We have carefully considered the request from John Daly to use a buggy at The Open", a statement from the R&A read.

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