Oregon's Casey Martin returns to US Open with golf cart

Oregon's Casey Martin returns to US Open with golf cart

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LA QUINTA, CA - DECEMBER 9: Casey Martin rides up a cart path during the final round of PGA Tour Qualifying on December 9, 2002 at PGA West in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 7:55 AM

CRESWELL, Ore. (AP) -- Casey Martin and his cart are headed back to The Olympic Club for the U.S. Open.

Martin, who sued for the right to use a golf cart because of a degenerative disease in his right leg, holed a 5-foot par putt on the final hole at Emerald Valley Golf Club to be the medalist at a sectional qualifier and earn one of two spots to the U.S. Open.

Martin has not played the U.S. Open since 1998, when he forced the USGA to let him ride a cart because of his leg. He tied for 23rd at The Olympic Club, and then earned his PGA Tour card that year.

The 40-year-old Martin is now the golf coach at Oregon.

The Ducks reached the semifinals of the NCAA Championship last weekend.

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