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Could Martin's case have been avoided?

Updated: May 22, 2011, 10:23 AM ET
By William Weinbaum | ESPN

A lawyer by training, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem was in his fourth year on the job when Casey Martin sued the tour after it turned down his 1997 request, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to use a golf cart in competition. By the time the Supreme Court ruled in Martin's favor in 2001, the tour had lost in three different courts and taken a beating in the court of public opinion.

"I don't have any regrets," Finchem said recently. "I think we handled it right. ...

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