Casey Martin

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Casey Martin
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1972-06-02) June 2, 1972 (age 42)
Eugene, Oregon
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College Stanford University
Turned professional 1995
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Web.com Tour
Professional wins 1
Number of wins by tour
Web.com Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open T23: 1998
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP

Casey Martin (born June 2, 1972) is an American professional golfer and the current men's golf head coach at the University of Oregon.

Early life[edit]

Martin was born in Eugene, Oregon and still resides there. He was educated at Stanford University, where he was initiated into the Sigma Chi fraternity and was briefly a teammate of Tiger Woods. He was a three-time all Pac-10 and was a member of the University's NCAA Championship team in 1994. He won the 1993 Sahalee Players Championship, and turned professional in 1995.

Professional golf career[edit]

In 1998, he won a Nike Tour (later named the Buy.com Tour, Nationwide Tour, and Web.com Tour) event, the Lakeland Classic, in a playoff, thus assuring himself of remaining on the tour the following year and securing a five-year exemption from the first round of Qualifying School (Q-School). Also in 1998, he attained a career highlight by finishing tied for 23rd at the U.S. Open, and briefly contending for the lead before falling back.

In late 1999, by finishing 14th on the Nike Tour money list, Martin secured a spot on the PGA Tour. He finished 179th on the money list in 2000 and failed to keep his card through his earnings on the PGA Tour. As a PGA Tour cardholder for 2000, he began at the final stage of that year's Q-School, but narrowly failed to keep his spot (finishing tied for 37th, when the top 35 and ties qualified), relegating him to the Buy.com Tour.

Martin kept full status on the Nike Tour through 2003, but failed to make the Q-School finals in 2003, relegating him to a limited status in 2004, a year in which he played nine tournaments. In 2004, following the expiration of his five-year exemption from the first round of Q-School, he advanced from the first to the second of the three rounds but no further, and only had limited status in 2005, playing nine tournaments on the tour and making two cuts. He played five events in 2006, making the cut once, for a total earnings of $1,328.[1]

On June 4, 2012, Martin qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open, winning a sectional at Emerald Valley Golf Club.

Web.com Tour results[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nds 3rds Top tens Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
1998 22 16 1 0 0 3 1st 81,937 29
1999 24 13 0 2 1 6 2nd 122,742 14
2001 21 9 0 0 0 0 T-20 17,197 143
2002 14 5 0 0 1 1 T-3 30,218 117
2003 22 11 0 0 0 0 T-14 26,553 123
2004 8 2 0 0 0 0 T-12 12,653 174
2005 9 1 0 0 0 0 T-60 1,934 300
2006 5 1 0 0 0 0 T-59 1,328 310
2012 1 1 0 0 0 0 T-55 2,248 241

PGA Tour results[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nds 3rds Top tens Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
1998 3 2 0 0 0 0 T-23 37,221 221
2000 29 14 0 0 0 0 T-17 143,248 179
2001 2 0 0 0 0 0 CUT 0 n/a
2002 3 0 0 0 0 0 CUT 0 n/a
2003 1 0 0 0 0 0 CUT 0 n/a
2004 2 2 0 0 0 0 T-69 15,858 n/a
2005 1 1 0 0 0 0 T-65 10,547 n/a
2012 2 0 0 0 0 0 CUT 0 n/a

Coaching career[edit]

In May 2006, Martin was named head coach of the University of Oregon's men's golf team in his hometown of Eugene, after working as a volunteer assistant during the 2006 season.[2] He has indicated he hopes to continue to play, where it fits in with his coaching schedule.[3] However, he did not play any professional events or attempt Q-School in 2007 or 2008.

Personal[edit]

Martin suffers from a birth defect in his right leg known as Klippel Trenaunay Weber syndrome. In PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin, Martin successfully sued the PGA Tour in 2001 for the right to use a golf cart during competition under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Among the attorneys representing him was Martha Lee Walters, who was later appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court in 2006.[4] During the years that the suit wound through the courts, he enjoyed limited success on the golf course, and throughout, was permitted to use a golf cart.

Martin is co-founder and partner in a social networking golf community website The 10th Green.

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