Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

The Rules of the Road Tour Now Must Set Cart Guidelines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

The Rules of the Road Tour Now Must Set Cart Guidelines

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Casey Martin has his cart, for at least 18 months to two years,

according to best estimates of the length of the appeal process

the PGA Tour has begun.

What the Tour must decide now are the logistics of not only

Martin's use of a cart in Nike Tour events and possibly PGA Tour

events, but whether other players, with temporary or permanent

injuries, will be allowed to use carts.

The PGA Tour Policy Board will meet March 18, and Commissioner

Tim Finchem will consider a variety of issues related to the use

of carts on the Tour, said Bob Combs, senior vice president of

communications and public relations.

Among the issues likely to be kicked around:

Will players other than Martin, with permanent or temporary

injuries or disabilities, be allowed to use carts?

If it is determined that other players may use carts, what

medical evidence will be required?

Will current Senior Tour guidelines for the use of carts be

used on the Nike and PGA tours?

What will be the logistics of carts at events in which there

are large galleries crowding paths along the fairways and

encircling greens? And will the Tour, the player, or the host

course be liable if a fan is accidentally hit by a cart?

What happens if carts interfere with balls struck during

competition?

Combs said specifics of those issues would not be discussed by

Tour officials before the policy board meeting.

For now, common sense and the rules of golf will prevail during

Nike Tour events when Martin rides, beginning March 5 at the

Greater Austin Open. As in the previous two events when Martin

rode, the Senior Tour rule of the player and his bag prohibited

from being in the cart at the same time will be applied: Martin

will drive the cart, his caddie will walk and carry the bag.

Senior Tour rules also require players to observe the 90-degree

rule when driving to their ball, and the cart is allowed to be

parked on the fairway. …

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