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Tiger Woods-John Daly cart controversy intensifies


John Daly has responded to Tiger Woods, who criticised him for using a golf cart at this week's PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in New York because of knee arthritis.

Daly, 53, has arthritis in his right knee and applied to use a cart through the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The big-hitting Daly, who is a two-time Major winner, said diabetes is another reason he will be using the cart.

During his pre-tournament press conference, Woods only needed a few words to make his thoughts known.

"As far as 'JD' taking a cart, well, I walked with a broken leg, so...," Woods said.

Woods - a winner of 15 Majors - won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines with a stress fracture in his left tibia and a partially torn ACL in his knee. He underwent left knee surgery two days later and didn’t tee it up again until February, 2009.

In response to the 'Big Beast', Daly said that if Woods had "all the facts" before offering his thoughts on the matter, he may have provided "a different comment".

"He got his fixed for some reason. No doctor will replace my knee because of a different type of problem. It's hard to explain why. I'm not a doctor. I just try to do what they say," said Daly.

"I hope I don’t get a lot of grief from the fans.

"My knee is screwed. I had the meniscus cut out. I have osteoarthritis so bad … I can walk up a hill, I just can’t walk down one.

"Osteoarthritis is a tough thing. If my knee was broke, I would have had it fixed. But my situation is totally different. It's painful as hell is all I can say. As was Tiger's, I'm sure."

Six-time Major champion Nick Faldo echoed Woods' sentiments, saying: "I think walking is an integral part of being a pro golfer I'll leave it at that."

Daly will be the first golfer to use a cart at a Major since Casey Martin at the US Open at Olympic Club in 1998 and 2012.

Martin was born with a circulatory disorder for which doctors advised him against walking golf courses.

"I'm happy for him because I know John a little bit and I know for certain that he’s not trying to get an advantage. He just wants to play in a tournament he has a rich history in. He just wants to be part of the action. I'm grateful that he’s going to get that chance," Martin told

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