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John Daly had a blunt reason for why Tiger Woods’ PGA Championship went south

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Tiger Woods’ PGA Championship tilt ended in an early withdrawal, with the 15-time major champion pulling out of the event after Saturday’s third round of 79.

Woods was seen limping throughout his week at Southern Hills, but his valiant effort still resulted in his second made cut in consecutive majors this year.

However, according to John Daly, Tiger Woods could have gotten in the mix at last week’s PGA Championship had he decided not to walk the course.

“I guarantee you that if Tiger used a cart this week, he’d be on the leaderboard.” Daly said to Golf.com

There is plenty of irony in the comment, considering Woods was once critical of Daly for using a golf cart on the course.

Back in 2019, before the PGA Championship Tiger said “As far as JD taking a cart, well, I walked with a broken leg, so,”

Daly made it clear in an appearance on the “Full Send Podcast” earlier this year that there weren’t any hard feelings stemming from Woods’ 2019 comment. He blamed the media for Woods’ apparent misunderstanding of the situation.

“Yeah, but he didn’t know the facts because the media, ‘the media’ (sarcastic gesture) didn’t tell him I had diabetes and I had a bad two knees and my hips out and all this stuff. He apologized to me at dinner the other night. I mean, he’s fine. I love Tiger.”

There’s no doubt that a cart could have helped Woods, considering he was only able to play 54 holes before withdrawing from the PGA Championship due to his physical pain. However, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Woods has continued to insist on walking.

A few months ago, Tiger made it clear that he won’t be using a golf cart in a professional tournament. “That’s just not who I am. That’s not how I have always been, and if I can’t play at that level, I can’t play at that level,” said Woods.

Daly also played in the PGA Championship and got off to a hot start, before struggling on Friday and missing the cut at +8.

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  3. Celuso

    May 25, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    Daly said that to tiger because he himself wanted to play a PGA tournament once (about 8 years ago) using a golf cart and the PGA denied him from using a golf cart. Daly was very pissed about that. In other words Daly is saying hey PGA allow golf cards for those who need them especially when it is Tiger woods (more people will be watching golf when Tiger is in the finals).

    • Mike

      May 25, 2022 at 6:18 pm

      When I’m old and/or unable to physically walk anymore, then I’ll take a cart.

      Golf, after all, is a sport. Walking four consecutive days qualifies it for that.

      • Rob

        May 26, 2022 at 11:26 am

        That’s fine. But in a competitive event, you can’t give one player an advantage by letting them use a cart.

  4. cb

    May 25, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    John Daly is a complete moron so why are we posting what he says about Tiger??

  5. Jeff monnich

    May 25, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    Reckless driving (this time)
    He did it to himself want to break nicklaus record then don’t go 80 on sharp turns and whatever else we don’t know about

  6. T-Bone

    May 25, 2022 at 11:53 am

    Tiger is less than 4 years from the senior tour, where he will get to ride a cart.

    • Michael

      May 25, 2022 at 12:10 pm

      “A few months ago, Tiger made it clear that he won’t be using a golf cart in a professional tournament.”

      The words and the timing of hen he said it makes it pretty clear. He isn’t doing that.

      Also, Tiger is not going to play Champions Tour, bad knee or not. He will do the senior majors and possibly one or two others year. Why would he do anything else? That’s how Jack and Arnie did it. Half the guys on the Champions are doing it because they still need the money. The other half still love the competition enough.

      I don’t think Tiger needs the money. Jack and Arnie didn’t. These guys had nothing to prove and Tiger sure doesn’t either.

    • Michael

      May 25, 2022 at 12:14 pm

      Not going to happen. You think he changed his mind from what he said a few months ago?

      • anyone but "michael"

        May 25, 2022 at 12:34 pm

        you realize he was in a significant car crash and apparently the doctors were deliberating with amputating tigers leg….. his comments about daly’s cart were not “a few months ago”.. the car crash was though…. so do you wanna try again pal?………maybe wake up eventually

  7. Pete

    May 25, 2022 at 11:07 am

    Lol Tiger is the best player ever by far

    • Thomas Woodward

      May 25, 2022 at 5:59 pm

      Sorry, but you’re wrong with that assessment. He’s the SECOND best and when I say that I’m also taking into account the level of competition he faced vs. what Jack faced week in and week out, but also the HUGE character differences between these two greats of the game. Everyone KNOWS Tiger’s personal life cannot hold a candle to that of Jack by ANY measure, AND when you compare major championship stats, Tiger comes up short in victories, and Jack’s 18 runner-up finishes CLEARLY overshadows that of Woods…

  8. Vas

    May 25, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Who he is, is the 2nd greatest player of all-time… who’s going to retire with 15 majors. The 15th may have been the most amazing comeback I’ve ever seen.

    • Thomas Woodward

      May 25, 2022 at 6:06 pm

      AGREE. Tiger will NOT win another major, or PGA Tour event because of his physical limitations, and he’s NOT eligible to use a cart on Tour events. It IS as simple as that. Personally, I don’t see Tiger playing the Champions Tour and he may play one or both of the two remaining majors in 2022, but I highly doubt he”l tee it up on the Tour in 2023 and beyond…

    • Prine21

      May 26, 2022 at 9:29 am

      2nd greatest Major winner? Who has more overall wins, he or Jack? Thought so. Greatest player EVER.

      • chip75

        May 26, 2022 at 11:48 am

        Jack’s got more majors and more professional wins (117) than Tiger (110), Player has more again. By your metric Snead and Tiger would be equally “Greatest player EVER”, but Slammin’ Sam has 142 professional wins.

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Why Greg Norman rejected John Daly after the 2-time major champ ‘begged Greg to join LIV’

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In theory, John Daly would be a perfect fit to join LIV Golf.

Although his game has obviously been on the decline, the 56-year-old is still a fan-favorite who many golf fans love to watch play. That fact was evident in his win at the PNC Championship early this season alongside his son “Little John.”

Daly currently plays on the Champions Tour, which utilize three round events similar to LIV Golf. His results have been inconsistent on the senior circuit, but he did finish in a tie for eighth at the American Family Insurance Championship back in June.

In an interview with Piers Morgan, Daly said that he’s “begged Greg Norman” to allow him to play LIV Golf.

Daly then discussed how many pro-ams the players are required to play on the Champions Tour and how little they are compensated for playing on the Tour.

On playing in the pro-ams Daly said, “Look we’ve got to get compensated for that, and the LIV Tour is giving players that.”

The two-time major champion also defended the golfers who’ve chosen to join LIV for their decision.

“These guys that are on that Tour deserve that money, and I think there are a lot of other guys that deserve that money. Especially this guy [pointing at himself].”

Daly was also asked to speak about the “morality” of LIV Golf, and Morgan added that he’s written about how much “hypocrisy” there is in the criticism.

Daly responded, “the politics is so stupid in this. I could talk about Nike, I could talk about other companies [who have] little eight- and thirteen-year old’s building shoes for Nike. We don’t want to get into that, right?”

“Long John” went on to repeat his sentiment that he “should be on that tour.”

When Morgan followed up to ask Daly why he isn’t, Daly said, “Well Greg says he’s not doing anymore and I’m too old.”

Daly also referenced playing with Bryson DeChambeau at the Open Championship who told him in regard to playing LIV that “It’s the greatest thing on earth. We still play a pro-am with two pro’s and two amateurs, which is what it should be. You’re done in four hours. And we play for a lot of money which we deserve to play for.”

Daly concluded the interview by saying he hopes that the PGA Tour and LIV Golf can work things out and “get along” because “golf is such a great game.”

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Greg Norman reveals Tiger turned down between $700-$800 million to join LIV Golf

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We may only see him four times over the next 10 months or so, with Joe LaCava recently lining out his future schedule, but Tiger Woods is still the player that most moves the needle.

LIV Golf may have tried to tempt viewers and sponsors with the likes of Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Keopka amongst others, but the 15-time major champion continues to refuse to make what would be a momentous leap.

Over the last few months, there has been continued reference to the “mind-blowingly enormous” amount offered to Tiger at the start of the Greg Norman-led campaign, without any confirmation of the actual amount.

However, during an appearance on FOX News, the LIV CEO seemed to confirm the figure banded about.

Asked about that much-publicised phrase, Norman has confirmed the amount to be between $700-$800 million, over three times the reported amount agreed with Mickelson, Tiger’s great rival of the early 2000s, and certainly more than any of the previous Masters winners have been offered.

The 67-year-old, a two-time winner of The Open, told Tucker Carlson of Fox:

“That number was out there before I became CEO, so that number has been out there, yes.

“And, look, Tiger is a needle-mover and of course you have to look at the best of the best. So they had originally approached Tiger before I became CEO. So, yes, that number was somewhere in that neighborhood.”

During the interview, Norman was asked about the controversy that continues to surround the Saudi-backed tour, to which he replied,

“I really don’t care. I just love the game so much and I want to grow the game of golf and we at LIV see that opportunity not just for the men but for the women.”

That last phrase may just signal an interesting turn of events in the not-to-distant future.

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Tour pro says Tiger and Rory are not doing enough to stop LIV Golf

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In an interview with The Irish Times, DP World Tour player Mike Lorenzo-Vera shared his belief that taking down LIV Golf would be a fairly straightforward task.

Speaking about players who haven’t been as vocal as they should in his view, the Frenchman told the publication:

“I’m very surprised about the silence. Use your social network. What are you doing? Go ahead. Speak.”

“The [DP World Tour] players are totally against the way the players go there and come back and particularly the way they go to the law to try to avoid the fines. There are a lot of people who are on the same page.

“They are taking the money and they are just laughing in the face of people.

“The players are against the way LIV Golf is doing it. They are just scared that negative comments could come back to them. It’s time to stand up and show the European Tour has history and the players are not just little brats.”

According to the 37-year-old, if Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy spoke out more strongly against LIV Golf, they could severely limit what the Greg Norman-backed golf series would be able to accomplish.

However, in his mind both Tiger and Rory have been “too soft” in their stance, although per the publication, he admits it’s trickier for them due to their high profiles.

“If Tiger and Rory really wanted to take it down, they could. If they really want to, they could talk like myself, Robert MacIntyre or Billy Horschel for example. If they start to show their anger, I think they can do a great job by limiting what’s going on.”

Lorenzo-Vera also took some shots at Greg Norman, saying:

“They are throwing huge money to steal players because Norman is angry at the tours. It’s his last shot, how old is he 70 something?”

Lorenzo-Vera has been very outspoken on Twitter about his disdain for LIV Golf in recent months.

Lorenzo-Vera didn’t hold back when sharing his opinion on the statement Henrik Stenson released after abandoning the Ryder Cup to join LIV Golf.

He’s also said via Twitter that he hasn’t talked to any player who’s joined LIV Golf since they’ve left.

There have been plenty of differing opinions on LIV Golf since its inception, but Mike Lorenzo-Vera has made his crystal clear.

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