Tuesday, May 29, 2001
Casey Martin chronology
A timeline of Casey Martin's lawsuit against the PGA Tour:
Nov. 26, 1997 -- Martin files a lawsuit in federal court in
Oregon against the PGA Tour for the right to ride a cart in
Dec. 1, 1997 -- U.S. Magistrate Thomas Coffin in Oregon grants
Martin an injunction that allows him to use a cart during the PGA
Tour's qualifying tournament.
Dec. 9, 1997 -- Martin ties for 46th at the qualifying
tournament, giving him exemption on the second-tier Nike Tour.
Jan. 11, 1998 -- Martin closes with a 69 to win the Nike Lakeland
Classic by one stroke over Steve Lamontagne.
Feb. 11, 1998 -- After a six-day trial, U.S. Magistrate Thomas
Coffin rules in favor of Martin, saying the PGA Tour failed to show
how waiving its walking-only rule for Martin would fundamentally
alter competition. Tour says it will appeal.
June 9, 1998 -- Despite a double bogey on the final hole, Martin
qualifies for the U.S. Open in the second hole of a playoff.
June 21, 1998 -- After becoming the first player to ride a cart
in U.S. Open history, Martin ties for 23rd at The Olympic Club in
San Francisco with a four-day score of 291, one stroke behind Tiger
July 2, 1998 -- Martin makes his debut on the PGA Tour by taking
a sponsor's exemption to the Greater Hartford Open. He misses the
cut by five strokes.
Nov. 8, 1998 -- Fails to reach the final stage of the PGA Tour
qualifying tournament, but Lakeland victory allows him to retain
his card on the Nike Tour.
Oct. 25, 1999 -- Finishes 14th on the Nike Tour money list and
earns full exempt status on the PGA Tour for the 2000 season.
Jan. 19, 2000 -- Becomes the first PGA Tour member to use a cart
in competition, shooting a 4-under 68 in the first round of the Bob
Hope Classic. He wound up missing the cut by three strokes.
March 6, 2000 -- Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San
Francisco upholds lower court ruling that allows Martin to use a
July 5, 2000 -- PGA Tour appeals the decision to U.S. Supreme
Sept. 26, 2000 -- Supreme Court agrees to hear PGA Tour appeal.
Nov. 5, 2000 -- Needing to finish second in the final tournament
of the year to keep his PGA Tour card, Martin ties for 60th in the
Southern Farm Bureau Classic and ends the season 179th on the money
Dec. 4, 2000 -- On the final day of qualifying tournament, Martin
finishes one stroke short of regaining his PGA Tour card. He gets
full status on the Buy.com Tour.
Jan. 17, 2001 -- Supreme Court hears oral arguments.
May 29, 2001 -- Supreme Court rules Martin has legal right to
ride in a cart between shots at PGA Tour events.