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MARTIN CAN USE CART FOR TWO NIKE EVENTS

Casey Martin will be allowed to use a golf cart during the first two Nike Tour events of the year, the PGA Tour said.

Martin, 25, has Klippel-Trenauay-Webber Syndrome, a condition that causes atrophy of his lower calf muscle and tibia. The former collegiate golfer sued the PGA over its tradition of not allowing carts during tour events. A trial is begin Feb. 2 in Eugene, Ore.

A victory in the case for Martin could change the competitive nature of golf because it would give him an unfair advantage, tour organizers said. A PGA spokesman said Martin is being allowed to use a cart Jan. 8-11 at the Nike Lakeland Classic and Jan. 15-18 at the Nike South Florida Classic.

"We've allowed Casey to use the cart just because of the timing," said Ed Moorhouse, PGA's executive vice president. "The tour dates are coming before the trial date."

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