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CASEY MARTIN VS. PGA TOUR: MARTIN SHOWS SIGNS OF STRESS

          Casey Martin took the stand in the third day of his
     suit against the PGA Tour and explained how his disabled
     right leg "has prevented him from living a normal life,"
     according to Thomas Heath of the WASHINGTON POST.  Martin,
     who "broke down once" during his 75 minute testimony, spoke
     in a "calm, clipped voice," saying that his leg causes him
     "such immense pain that he has been unable to sleep
     uninterrupted for many years."  Martin also testified that
     blood "gathers and hardens" in his ankle, that he takes "at
     least" five Advils a day, wears two stockings on his leg "to
     aid circulation," and "no longer runs, exercises or drives." 
     Martin also said the "essence of golf" at PGA and Nike Tour
     levels is "[m]aking shots," not walking.  PGA Tour Policy
     Board Chair Richard Ferris also testified yesterday, and
     told the court that "walking is part and parcel of the game"
     at the highest levels.  Martin's lawyers are expected to
     rest their case today (WASHINGTON POST, 2/5).  While being
     questioned by his attorney, Martin broke down in recalling
     an incident during a college tourney when he was offered the
     use of a cart, but refused.  After the court granted a five
     minute recess, Martin "reiterated" he would prefer walking
     "if he could."  The Tour said "it will appeal the case if it
     loses."  Martin said he won't appeal but will "try to play
     without a cart."  In Chicago, Michael Hirsley: "Martin
     struggling to walk the course could be a lingering public-
     relations black eye for pro golf" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/5).
          DETAILS: PGA Tour attorney William Maledon said
     Martin's disability is "not the issue in the case, and it's
     unfortunate that that emotional issue is being given the
     prominence that it is" (CNN/SI, 2/5)....The PGA Tour's
     Ferris testified that carts are allowed on the Senior Tour
     because it is a "money-driven 'nostalgia' tour, far less
     competitive than" the PGA Tour (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/5).  
          ADVANTAGE MARTIN? ESPN's Jimmy Roberts pointed out a
     part of Ferris' testimony that "might in the end prove
     especially damaging" to the PGA Tour's case, that carts were
     provided for all players during the qualifying school
     because one was provided for Martin.  Roberts: "Ferris said
     that in the Tour's view, that did not compromise the
     integrity of the competition ... [which] would seem to be at
     odds with the Tour's very own central argument" (ESPN, 2/4).
     
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