Question: 1 Why was the PGA so reluctant to allow Martin

1. Why was the PGA so reluctant to allow Martin to use a golf cart, especially considering carts are allowed in other tournaments?
2. Do you agree with the Court’s reasoning that allowing Martin to use a golf cart during tournament does not give him an advantage? Why or why not? Are there any scenarios where it might, and as a result would alter the fundamental nature of the game?
3. Given the Court’s reasoning, would a request to double the size of the hole so that a partially blind competitor could see it when putting fundamentally alter the game? Explain your answer.

Martin was a professional golfer who is afflicted with an ADA recognized degenerative circulatory disability that causes severe pain due to an obstruction of blood flow between his legs and his heart. The PGA rules require players in tournaments to walk the course and they rejected Martin’s request for permission to use a golf cart on the grounds that it was not a reasonable accommodation. Though Martin was covered by the ADA, the PGA Tour asserted that walking was a fundamental part of golf and waiving it for any reason would fundamentally alter the nature of the competition. Martin countered by noting that even with the use of a cart he would be required to walk one mile during each round of golf and, because his disability causes him pain and fatigue, the use of the cart would not allow him an advantage over other players.

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