Tiger Woods had a wisecrack about John Daly. (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)

Tiger Woods doesn’t seem to be a fan of the decision to let John Daly use a cart to compete in the PGA Championship.

Because of osteoarthritis, Daly received a medical exemption that will allow him to use a cart when the tournament begins Thursday at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course on Long Island. Daly, a 53-year-old who won the PGA Championship in 1991, was granted the exemption by the PGA of America under the Americans With Disabilities Act, a decision that proved to be mildly controversial and one that Woods addressed with a smile and a shot during a news conference Tuesday.

“As far as J.D. taking a cart,” Woods said with a pause, “I walked with a broken leg, so ...”

He was referring to his fabled 2008 U.S. Open win, when he had tibial stress fractures and a torn ACL that required reconstructive surgery days after the win.

Woods added that “there’s a lot of property” at the 7,459-yard course on Long Island. “There’s definitely going to be a component to stamina as the week goes on. Four days over a tough championship that is mentally and physically taxing takes its toll.”

Nick Faldo, the winner of six majors and a CBS analyst, was critical of the decision to allow Daly, the 1995 British Open champion, to ride. “I think walking is an integral part of being a pro golfer,” he told reporters during a conference call for CBS. “I’ll leave it at that.”

Daly, who is eligible for the tournament for life because he is a past champion, had been denied permission to use a cart at the U.S. Senior Open last year, but he regularly uses one on the PGA Tour Champions for players 50 and over. It is allowed on that circuit and Daly explained that his physical problems are significant.

“I hope I don’t get a lot of grief from the fans,” Daly told the Associated Press. “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.”

Daly, who has a 12:54 p.m. Eastern tee time Thursday, will be the first player to use a cart at a major since Casey Martin at the 2012 U.S. Open. Martin, who also rode in the 1998 U.S. Open, has a painful congenital restriction of the circulation in his lower leg and took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided in a 7-2 ruling in 2001 to allow him to use a cart.

Martin sided with Daly, saying, “It seems like the PGA of America handled this correctly,” Martin, now the golf coach at the University of Oregon, said. “I don’t know John great — played with him a couple times — but I’m a huge John Daly fan. I don’t think he’s doing this to gain an advantage. He’s played a huge role in that tournament’s history, and he wants to continue competing. I think it’s sincere.”

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