College golf coach, ex-professional set Casey Martin should have his right leg amputated

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Casey Martin, the Oregon golf coach who successfully sued the PGA Tour for the right to use a car due to a rare circulatory disease, had his right leg amputated in what he told Golf Digest will always be “my destiny”.

The paper, which has been in contact with Martin for the past few weeks, reported on its website that he underwent surgery on Friday and was recovering at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His brother said that doctors think it went well enough that Martin has a good shot at an effective prosthesis.

Martin suffered from Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome, which restricted circulation in the lower part of his right leg and made it virtually impossible for him to go 18 holes. He still managed to train and play well enough to earn a PGA Tour card for the 2000 season.

His trial, which referred to the U.S. Disability Act, went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which voted 7-2 in his favor in a 2001 decision.

Martin, a teammate of Tiger Woods in Stanford’s national team championship team, has been the head golf coach at the University of Oregon in Eugene since 2006. He qualified for the US Open 2012.

The newspaper said that Martin, 49, broke his right leg two years ago, which eventually led to the decision to amputate when he was in a casting and a series of injections failed to heal the tibia.

“In many ways, I surpassed what my doctors told me as a child,” Martin told Golf Digest two weeks ago. “I’ve always felt that this would be my destiny. So while it’s weird to be here now, on the verge of being seriously disfigured, it’s not unexpected.”

Jeff Quinney, the US amateur champion and assistant coach in Oregon 2000, takes over while Martin recovers.

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