The Olympic Club, San Francisco, CA 6/11 - 6/17

Casey Martin Returns to PGA in San Francisco

Former Stanford star famous for suing the PGA will return to professional golf next week.

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    Casey Martin drives down the fairway during the second round of the Bay Hill Invitational in 2000. Next week he will make his return to the U.S. Open in San Francisco.

    Next week, the world's greatest golfers will descend on the Olympic Club in San Francisco to play in the U.S. Open.

    Hidden among tournament main stays, such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, will be a player known best for his legal battle to play golf than what he has actually done on the green.

    Casey Martin, who successfully sued the PGA in 1998 for the right to ride a cart while playing golf because of debilitating leg condition, will play his first professional tournament since 1999 in San Francisco.

    Martin qualified for the U.S. Open Monday night by winning a tournament at the Emerald Valley Golf Club.

    The former Stanford teammate of Tiger Woods suffers from a rare condition called Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome, a circulatory disorder that causes so much pain in his leg that it is virtually impossible for Martin to walk long distances.

    The current golf coach at Oregon was one of 48 players to be granted a special exemption to play the Olympic Club from June 14 to June 17.

    It will be Martin's first U.S. Open in 14 years.