John Daly withdraws from the Open Championship at Royal Portrush

John Daly

John Daly

John Daly will not be playing in the 148th Open Championship, the R&A announced Tuesday that he withdrew "due to a medical condition".

The PGA of America allowed him to have a cart, which is normally against the rules at pro events, to compete at the PGA Championship earlier this year.

Daly has been replaced in the field by American Kevin Streelman with Rory Sabbatini now first reserve for the final major of the year ahead of Brian Harman and Martin Kaymer. The 40-year-old's best showing at the competition was in 2014 at Royal Liverpool when he finished in a tie for 54th place.

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Daly last won on the PGA Tour in 2004 and has won two majors - the 1995 Open Championship and the 1991 PGA Championship as a rookie on the tour. It will be contested July 18-21.

The R&A rejected his request for a cart over the weekend, saying it felt walking was an integral part of the tournament. Italian Francesco Molinari is defending his first major title after winning by two shots at Carnoustie past year.

"While I trust the (golf club's) decision was made with good intentions, I could not disagree more with their conclusions", he wrote on Instagram.

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Daly said he had been advised his doctor he would need "either unicompartment or total knee replacement".

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

Daly, 53, had applied to use the cart because of his arthritic knee.

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"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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