High court golf decision no handicap for the game

Friday, June 1, 2001 at 1:00am

PGA officials have their knickers in a knot over the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to allow disabled golfer Casey Martin to ride in a cart between shots.

That raises two questions: First, why did the Supreme Court, at first reluctant to get into the Florida voting brouhaha that ultimately led it to change the course of presidential history, even put something as inconsequential as PGA Tour Inc. v. Martin on its docket? And, second, if Tiger Woods developed a health condition that prohibited walking between his powerful shots that expose a gazillion viewers to tournaments and their sponsors?

On the first question, give the court the benefit of the doubt. The justices, by a 7-2 margin, upheld the rulings of several lower courts and may ultimately benefit other disabled athletes.

On the second, our cynicism may show, but we think it

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