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Tiger team-mate in buggy storm.

A former university team-mate of Tiger Woods will today bid to change the course of golfing history by winning the right to use a buggy in PGA Tour events.

Casey Martin has brewed quite a storm in America because he wants to follow in the footsteps of his famous friend but has a disability which makes walking extremely painful.

Martin is suing the PGA Tour for the right to ride a buggy and his historic case will be heard in federal court in Oregon today.

Instead, he is playing the Nike Tour, the developmental arm of the PGA Tour, and began 1998 with a boost for his cause by winning the opening event of the season the Lakeland Classic last month.

Martin has the rare and incurable Klippel Trenaunay Weber Syndrome, which causes chronic leg pain and is being allowed to use a buggy until his court case has been heard.

The PGA Tour will claim that walking is an integral part of competition, while Martin will argue that the walking rule is a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act and denies him an opportunity to pursue his career.

The controversial case is a public relations nightmare for the PGA Tour but they intend to vigorously defend their rules.

To add to the hype of the historic case, Nike - who sponsor Woods - have signed up Martin for a series of TV advertisements.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Feb 2, 1998
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