The Royal & Ancient Golf Club may have forced John Daly out of the Senior Open Championship in Lancashire, England, in two weeks, but it appears a spider bite that turned into a major infection will not keep him out of the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship.
A PGA Tour official said Daly was expected to be on the South Course of Firestone Country Club for his 12:50 tee time for Wednesday’s Pro-Am and that he will play when the 72-hole event gets underway on Thursday.
This despite a tweet by the two-time major champion that sounded pretty serious.
“My life chapter 84k: Craziest event! Was in England last wk & incurred a spider bite, not really knowing it. Fast forward to Friday, mouth/mouth, compressions & unknowingly now in an ambulance rushed to ER all while on family vacation & straight into surgery! Removing what developed into a major infection in my abdominal area & treated for early sepsis all from a brown recluse! Thk u staff @Nemacolin @UtwnHospital My caddie has now named me #SpiderPro #photoistoographic #GladtobeAlive #InSomeSeriousPain”
A picture obtained by the Golf Channel showed Daly with a good-sized hole in his belly.
Daly, 53, was unavailable for comment on Tuesday and wasn’t expected to arrive at Firestone until Wednesday morning.
Late last week the R&A, which oversees The Open Championship, denied Daly’s medical request to use a golf cart during the Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, July 25-28, declaring that walking was “an integral part of the Championship.”
Consequently, he withdrew on Tuesday.
That will not be the case this week at Firestone. He will be permitted to use a cart over the South’s 7,136 yards.
Daly, who won The Open Championship in 1995, has said he is suffering from osteoarthritis in his right knee and will ultimately be facing replacement.
If he is able to play, Daly will be part of one of several marquee pairings for Thursday’s first round. Daly, former Akronite John Cook and gallery favorite Miguel Angel Jimenez will play together at 10:52 a.m.