Martin to Play Nationwide Tour Event

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Nationwide TourBRIDGEPORT, W.V. -- Casey Martin has been given a sponsor's exemption to play in the Nationwide Tour's inaugural West Virginia Classic from July 15-18.
 
Martin is best-known for his well-publicized Supreme Court battle in 2001 to use carts in PGA Tour events because of a painful birth defect in his right leg. Klippel-Trenaunay-Webber Syndrome, a circulatory disorder that obstructs blood flow, has forced Martin to wear a strong support stocking to walk.
 
'In addition to being an incredible player, Casey is an inspirational human being who has succeeded despite his physical abilities,' said tournament director Tim McNeely. 'It is even more exciting to have him play because he takes such great interest in encouraging youth.'
 
Martin has played two PGA Tour events this year. He missed the cut at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and tied for 69th at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.