SAN FRANCISCO – Casey Martin may not play on the weekend of the U.S. Open, like he did in 1998 when the Open was here at The Olympic Club, but the result was still impressive.
“I was out there giving it everything I had,” said Martin, following rounds of 74-75 for a 9-over-par total that will likely keep him from making the cut. There is an outside chance he’ll advance to the weekend but the chances are slim.
Martin, the 40-year-old golf coach at the University of Oregon with a congenital circulatory disorder in his right leg, won the sectional qualifier a week ago in Oregon to advance to the U.S. Open and arrived with little expectations. He made 12 bogeys and three birdies in two days and avoided double bogeys, which many of the games top players cannot say. Martin finished ahead of world No. 1 Luke Donald and world No. 2 and defending champion Rory McIlroy.
“I’m sure they didn’t play well,” Martin said humbly.
Perhaps not, but it doesn’t make Martin's feat any less inspiring.