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https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/golf/2021/10/16/report-oregon-mens-golf-coach-casey-martin-has-leg-amputated/119054688/

 

In October 2019, Martin fractured his right tibia after misjudging a step onto his street, which was under construction, while retrieving the garbage can from the curb. Now, Golf Digest has reported that Martin underwent surgery Friday to have the leg amputated and is recovering at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

"I knew this day was coming," Martin told the Oregon Register Guard in March 2020, after the misstep that ultimately led to the procedure, "and it's here."

Martin spent much of the past two years wearing a cast, using crutches to walk and undergoing injections, according to Golf Digest reporting, but the tibia never healed.

 

Generally disagreed with the court ruling forcing the tour to accommodate him, but didn't feel good about it ... hope he recovers and can still enjoy the game ... 

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49 minutes ago, dlygrisse said:

It must have been an incredibly difficult reality to accept.  But something tells me he will be happy he had it done and probably regret not doing it sooner.  I cannot imagine what it must be like to have to make the decision to have a limb amputated, but my guess is his quality of life will improve dramatically.  

I sincerely hope his quality of life is better......tough decision though, for sure.

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4 hours ago, tiderider said:

Generally disagreed with the court ruling forcing the tour to accommodate him, but didn't feel good about it ... hope he recovers and can still enjoy the game ... 

At the time, I also disagreed with it.  But as time went on, when you see Rory squatting ~315 lbs and tons of other golfers being in freakishly good shape, it's really your fault if you can't beat someone with a circulatory condition where he can barely bear his own body weight.  Perhaps it could have led to a slippery slope, but in his case I think he should have gotten the cart without a lengthy court battle.  Have any other ADA cases arisen since the TOUR lost the case? 

 

Edit: Also, wishing the best for his recovery.

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45 minutes ago, huskydawg said:

At the time, I also disagreed with it.  But as time went on, when you see Rory squatting ~315 lbs and tons of other golfers being in freakishly good shape, it's really your fault if you can't beat someone with a circulatory condition where he can barely bear his own body weight.  Perhaps it could have led to a slippery slope, but in his case I think he should have gotten the cart without a lengthy court battle.  Have any other ADA cases arisen since the TOUR lost the case? 

 

Edit: Also, wishing the best for his recovery.

I like your alternate viewpoint with if you can’t beat a handicapped guy, that’s on you. BUT I really do think the walking is part of the game. If I’ve walked 17 hills I’m going to be more fatigued than a guy that drove those hills.  So it sucks a guy with that talent can’t walk, it’s an essential part of the game IMO. 

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19 minutes ago, stingerfade said:

I like your alternate viewpoint with if you can’t beat a handicapped guy, that’s on you. BUT I really do think the walking is part of the game. If I’ve walked 17 hills I’m going to be more fatigued than a guy that drove those hills.  So it sucks a guy with that talent can’t walk, it’s an essential part of the game IMO. 

That's a very fair point.  I can't really argue that other than to point out that some people tend to play better when they walk instead of ride.  Also, I can't imagine Casey's weight transfer or push-off would be as explosive as say Dustin Johnson or Brooks who practically live in the weight room.  Tough issue for sure with many angles.

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10 minutes ago, stingerfade said:

I like your alternate viewpoint with if you can’t beat a handicapped guy, that’s on you. BUT I really do think the walking is part of the game. If I’ve walked 17 hills I’m going to be more fatigued than a guy that drove those hills.  So it sucks a guy with that talent can’t walk, it’s an essential part of the game IMO. 

I didn’t have a problem with him getting to use the cart, the fact that he had to keep it on the cart path still made him have to walk to his ball.  I agree Walking is a big part of the game, but what if his 50-100 yard walk to his ball was harder than any other players walking an entire hole.  I think the recent event of his amputation may have finally shed some light on just how serious his condition was.  If Tiger had to use a cart upon coming back after his wreck, would people feel the same way as they did about Casey, who really had a minimal career on tour.

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50 minutes ago, Strategery said:

Walking is part of the game... with caddies?? That seems totally arbitrary.

*All* players, pros included, should be able to get around however they want. I see zero problems with riding. The same for wearing shorts.

Yes. A typical course is 5 miles long with hills generally. That’s not insignificant 

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Best wishes for his recovery.  I hope and pray that the wound heals and he can have a quality of life using a prosthetic.   ...with no more surgeries.   His circulatory disease makes everything a challenge. 

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23 hours ago, huskydawg said:

At the time, I also disagreed with it.  But as time went on, when you see Rory squatting ~315 lbs and tons of other golfers being in freakishly good shape, it's really your fault if you can't beat someone with a circulatory condition where he can barely bear his own body weight.  Perhaps it could have led to a slippery slope, but in his case I think he should have gotten the cart without a lengthy court battle.  Have any other ADA cases arisen since the TOUR lost the case? 

 

Edit: Also, wishing the best for his recovery.

certainly see that point ... don't know the details of the court's argument for/against, which might be interesting to check out, actually ... but given that my cynicism towards society only grows with age, any positive aspect of golf only grows my affinity for the game, and his struggles - as a golfer aspiring to make it to the tour, as a fighter against a debilitating disease and as legal combatant - makes him and golf that much more admirable ... don't think there's been anymore ADA cases since his ... 

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9 minutes ago, tiderider said:

certainly see that point ... don't know the details of the court's argument for/against, which might be interesting to check out, actually ... but given that my cynicism towards society only grows with age, any positive aspect of golf only grows my affinity for the game, and his struggles - as a golfer aspiring to make it to the tour, as a fighter against a debilitating disease and as legal combatant - makes him and golf that much more admirable ... don't think there's been anymore ADA cases since his ... 

 

 

it’s a fascinating read. I’m not a lawyer, but I enjoy following and reading about SCOTUS cases and decisions.

 

Heres the overview, the opinion and dissent:

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/00-24.ZS.html

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Walking is part of the game on the pro tour.  I don't see what Casey and the courts do/did not understand:  LIFE IS NOT FAIR.  

 

If a person can't play by the given rules, maybe it's time to move on to something else.  Casey could have been a coach, instructor, etc. instead of trying to play on the Tour and causing all of the controversy.

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On 10/18/2021 at 9:28 AM, Blonde Line Lizard said:

If a person can't play by the given rules, maybe it's time to move on to something else.

Hmmm...what could we move on to?

 

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On 10/17/2021 at 5:21 AM, stingerfade said:

Yes. A typical course is 5 miles long with hills generally. That’s not insignificant 

 

I'm a traditionalist, but for able bodied PGA players a 5 mile walk is utterly insignificant, a cart is not going to benefit them in any way, and, as the court agreed, the Tour should always have allowed disability exemptions. 

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On 10/17/2021 at 3:17 AM, huskydawg said:

At the time, I also disagreed with it.  But as time went on, when you see Rory squatting ~315 lbs and tons of other golfers being in freakishly good shape, it's really your fault if you can't beat someone with a circulatory condition where he can barely bear his own body weight.  Perhaps it could have led to a slippery slope, but in his case I think he should have gotten the cart without a lengthy court battle.  Have any other ADA cases arisen since the TOUR lost the case? 

 

Edit: Also, wishing the best for his recovery.

Video of Rory squatting 315 please? 

I saw a reasonably full but very shaky 265 one. 

 

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1 hour ago, hammersia said:

 

I'm a traditionalist, but for able bodied PGA players a 5 mile walk is utterly insignificant, a cart is not going to benefit them in any way, and, as the court agreed, the Tour should always have allowed disability exemptions. 

Completely disagree. From an exercise standpoint walking to the cart and back is insignificant. A 5 mile walk is not. I agree it’s not a marathon but it does cause fatigue which would cause poor decisions etc, tired legs. 

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