|PGA Tour vs Casey Martin
PGA Tour vs. Casey Martin
The situation has arisen from the dreams of Casey Martin, a golfer who played with Tiger Woods at Stanford was trying in 1998 to make it as a professional golfer. He has Klippel-Trenaunay-Webber syndrome, a congenital circulatory disorder that causes severe swelling in his right leg and foot and makes it all but impossible for him to walk 18 holes. Martin, at the time 25 years of age, wanted to ride in a cart from shot to shot, as he did in college, but the PGA had strict rules about not doing that. Golfers on the Senior Tour can use carts (not all do), but those on the regular tour and the minor-league Nike Tour “shall not use automotive transportation,” according to the PGA. The PGA Tour does allow carts in the early rounds at qualifying school. Martin went to court, citing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If Casey Martin, a disabled professional golfer, gained an advantage over his competitors...