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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 242
DISABLED golfer Casey Martin was granted the right to use a cart to ride in tournaments after a lengthy legal fight with the PGA Tour that ended with a winning appeal in the US Supreme Court. In 1997, Martin, then aged 24, asked the PGA Tour to be allowed to use a cart because he suffers from Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome, a rare circulatory disorder that left him with a withered right leg and causes intense pain when walking long distances. Martin sued the PGA Tour when they denied his request. He won in lower federal courts and was able to use a cart under a judge's order while the PGA Tour appealed the decision. The PGA Tour fought Martin for four years, saying all pro golfers must walk because uniform rules are essential for the integrity of the sport. The decision polarised opinion within the sport, with legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer taking the Tour’s side saying walking was an integral part of the challenge of the game. On May 29, 2001, the US Supreme Court disagreed, saying federal law required a levelling of the playing field for the handicapped and ordered the PGA Tour to make allowances for Martin, accommodating him with a golf cart. Martin was obviously thrilled at the outcome. "I'm thrilled, overjoyed. It's been three and a half years of waiting, and I finally got the answer that I really wanted. At least I don't have to worry about the cart being taken away from me. It's mine for good now," he said. While Martin won the appeal it made little difference to his PGA Tour career. The predominantly secondary tour player, had 10 PGA Tour starts between 2001 and 2012, making three cuts. E it happened this week in... 2001 • Greg Chalmers was disqualified from the Kemper Open after admitting he had inadvertently told a playing partner’s caddie what club he had used on the 17th hole of the final round. He realised he had broken the rule after the tournament and was DQ’d for signing an incorrect scorecard, costing him $100,000 in prizemoney. • The full extent of the damage of the collapse of HIH Insurance group is revealed with the liquidator tallying up to $4 billion in losses, making it Australia’s biggest corporate failure. • The Steve Waugh-led Australian Cricket team visits Gallipoli, playing a game of cricket on the sands of Anzac Cove wearing slouch hats. Also making news this week in 2001 CASEY MARTIN’S TICKET TO RIDE VIDEO: THE CASEY MARTIN STORY WORDS BY BRENDAN JAMES
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