Another cool story from The Longest Day in Golf
By mustang6560 on 6/5/12
Does anyone remember the name Casey Martin?

In case you don't, Casey, who suffers from a rare birth defect that makes it painful to walk, is known in most golf circles as the man who successfully sued the PGA Tour to allow him to use a golf cart in the 1998 U.S. Open, which was the last time the event was held at The Olympic Club (he finished T23).

Well, the 40-year-old is set to return to San Francisco next week to compete in his second U.S. Open - golf cart and all - as he successfully qualified out of the Sectional Qualifier in Creswell, Oregon. Casey shot a 4-under-par 138 to win the 36 hole marathon at Emerald Valley Golf Club.
"I think that actually helps coming back. I really haven't even thought about this. So I just kind of went and played golf. And amazingly for not playing in nine days before this tournament, or before today, I played great. I hit a lot of great shots. I was choking down the stretch, I mean, but I hit a lot of great shots. I was kind of, I was enjoying it. It was kind of different. So I liked it."
I now have two none-PGA Tour players to root for in the U.S. Open - Casey and Dennis Miller. I do not expect much from either, but it's always fun to have several players to root for, especially since you never know which of your favorite players will survive the challenges of a U.S. Open course.

If you had to pick between the two, who do you think will perform better - Casey or Dennis? Is Casey's experience at The Olympic Club 14 years ago more valuable than the thrill of competing in your first U.S. Open, which Dennis will certainly feel next week?

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[ comments ]
bducharm says:
Casey will perform better. Experience is essential. Dennis is just glad to be there!!! And so would I...
ppinkert says:
Casey.. I agree you can't beat out Experience.
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