SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Fourteen years after Casey Martin made history as the first golfer to use a cart in the U.S. Open, he returns to the hallowed Olympic Club to play in the same tournament – and he couldn’t be more surprised.
Born with a condition that makes it painful to walk long distances, Martin has focused in recent years on his job as men’s golf coach at Oregon. But after his unexpected victory in a local qualifier, he finds himself scrambling to prepare for one of the game’s most celebrated annual events.
Martin, who won a landmark Supreme Court decision that allowed him to compete on the PGA Tour with his able-bodied counterparts, earned a coveted spot in the U.S. Open field after winning at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore., on Monday.
(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Also Check Out: