Daly & # 039; s plea for buggy at Open rejected by R&A

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John Daly may use a buggy for the Champions Tour, for players aged 50 and over

John Daly & # 39; s request to use a buggy in the Open Championship at Royal Portrush rejected later this month by the R & A.

The 1995 Open winner, 53, was allowed to use a buggy at the recent US PGA Championship due to a knee issue.

However, the R&A said on Saturday that it was Daly's plea despite having "full sympathy" for him.

Daly said he was "disappointed" by the decision but added that he still hopes to play in Northern Ireland.

The twice-big winner regularly uses a buggy on the Champions Tour of more than 50 & ns, where he now plays most of his golf, due to degenerative arthritis in his right knee.

Different continents different laws? – Daly

After the R&A ruling, Daly said on Twitter: "Very disappointed, they don't see it the same way our PGA or American and PGA Tour sees it. Different continents different laws ???

"As a proud Open champion, I know what the Open Championship represents and what a special tournament it is.

"Everyone who has earned the right to competition must be given that right to compete and give it to them. Best shot.

" Although I trusted that the R & A decision was taken with good intentions, I could not disagree with their conclusions. "

Daly added that he still intended" to give it a shot "in two weeks in Portrush.

John Daly defeated Costantino Rocca in a play-off to win the 1995 Open Championship in St Andrews

The R & A statement said it was Daly & # 39; s request & # 39; carefully considered & # 39; had.

"We appreciate the difficulty that John is facing and have full sympathy for him, because this is clearly a serious, long-term condition," it said.

"After considering all relevant factors, the Championship Commission has decided to refuse its request.

" We believe running the track is an integral part of the championship and central stands in the tradition of left golf, which is synonymous with The Open. "

The R & A statement added that the Royal Portrush site" is not suitable for buggies and indeed the club is do not allow its use. "

" This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, but we believe it is the right one for The Open. ", it added.

" John has a special place in our hearts as a champion golfer and he will always be welcome at the championship, both in Royal Portrush and in the future. "

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