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Tuesday, May 29, 2001
Casey Martin chronology

Associated Press

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 competition.

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 Woods.

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 cart.

July 5, 2000 -- PGA Tour appeals the decision to U.S. Supreme Court.

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 list.

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.