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PGA Tour Inc v Martin Casey This was a very controversial case in which Casey Martin has said that by not being able to participate in the tour due to his disabilities the tour was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act Martin had a debilitating circulatory disorder that could eventually force doctors to amputate his withered right leg and he knows that every step he takes could be his last The crippling congenital vascular disability known as Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome was diagnosed at Martins birth He is a great golfer who had won one professional event and placed at several others since he graduated from Stanford where he played on that universitys golf team with stars such as Notah Begay and Tiger Woods In school NCAA officials let him use a golf cart to maneuver through the miles of fairways and greens When he became a professional the PGA Tour told him he couldnt use the cart any longer The competitive nature of the game would be fundamentally altered if Martin were given an unfair advantage the Tour stated Everyone else had to walk so Martin would have to also The PGA commissioner Tim Finchem said that golf is an athletic competition and the ability to walk five miles was expected if players were to participate at the highest level of professional golf Casey Martin sued in federal court in 1998 claiming that the tour was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act The federal court in Oregon ruled in Martins favor The tour appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which in March 2000 ruled in Martins favor Martins attorney Roy L Reardon called the ruling a great result for the millions of other disabled in the United States who are simply looking through the Americans with Disabilities Act for an opportunity to just participate The case was later taken to the Supreme Court On May 29 2001 the Court by a vote of
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