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Martin allowed to use cart for first two Nike Tour events

December 23, 1997

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) _ Casey Martin, the disabled golfer suing the PGA Tour for the right to use a riding cart on the Nike Tour, will be allowed to ride during the first two events next month, USA Today reported today.

``We entered into a stipulation to allow Casey to use a cart in those two events,″ said Edward Moorhouse, the PGA Tour’s chief legal officer. ``It’s going to be limited to just Casey.″

Martin, 25, has Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome, a circulatory disorder in his lower right leg. He is suing the PGA Tour, which operates the Nike Tour, under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The case is scheduled to go to trail Feb. 2 in Eugene, Ore.

``I’m very thankful it worked out that way,″ said Martin, who qualified for the Nike Tour earlier this month with a 46th-place tie in the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

He got an injunction to use a cart during the qualifying event, and the tour gave all competitors the option to ride.

Martin has received verbal support from former Stanford teammate Tiger Woods.

``He needs it,″ Woods said two weeks ago. ``Really soon it might come to amputation. I’d give it to him. People born with physical handicaps should be allowed carts.″

The Nike Tour opens with two Florida tournaments, the Lakeland Classic on Jan. 8-11 and the South Florida Classic on Jan. 15-18.

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