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PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin

United States Supreme Court
532 U.S. 661 (2001)


Facts

Professional golfer, Casey Martin (plaintiff), had a disability which made it very difficult for him to walk in between golf shots. Martin petitioned the PGA Tour, Inc. (defendant) and others to waive its rule requiring players to walk the golf course. After the PGA Tour refused, Martin brought suit seeking a preliminary injunction allowing him to use a golf cart at golf tournaments. The district court granted Martin’s request for the injunction and the PGA Tour appealed. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, noting that a player’s use of a golf cart did not fundamentally alter the tournament and that a golf course was a place of “public accommodation” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The PGA Tour petitioned for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court granted certiorari to resolve the matter and a split on the issue between appellate courts.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)

Dissent (Scalia, J.)

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