Despite Disability, Martin Plays to Win
Posted May 6, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — All of the pros in the Nike Carolina Classic want one day to make it to the PGA Tour. None more so than Casey Martin who has a circulatory problem in his right leg, and who recently won a court ruling that allows him to ride a cart, while the other pros walk.
Almost everyone had a cart at Wednesday's pro-am. Thursday at the first round of the Classic, one golfer will ride alone. Casey Martin's well publicized court victory allows him to compete. But even with the aid of four wheels, Martin's condition added to the weekly tour grind still takes it's toll.
"I'm kind of beat after two weeks, so I'm kind of taking a low key attitude here, not putting much pressure on myself," says Martin. "I'm not too worried about how I do. I just know that ideally, I wouldn't play more than a couple of weeks in a row. I just want to test the waters and see what I do."
What he's done this season is pretty impressive. Martin won the tour's first event and he stands 7th on the money list with over $52,000 dollars. But, more importantly, the Eugene, Oregon native is seen as just another one of the guys while in Raleigh.
"I haven't run across any problems to speak of," Martin explains. "I think people who do not agree with the decision, it's not so much directed at me as it is the court. I can't worry about that.
It's tough enough battling the course, talented players and a disease that makes it difficult to just walk.