Martin earns return trip to U.S. Open
Casey Martin and his cart are headed back to The Olympic Club for the U.S. Open.
Martin, who successfully sued for the right to ride a cart because of a rare circulatory disorder in his right leg, earned a spot in the U.S. Open on Monday night when he holed a 5-foot par putt in darkness on the final hole at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Crewsell, Ore.
The 40-year-old Martin, now the golf coach at Oregon, turned with his hands on his hips and looked toward the darkening clouds after making the putt for a 36-hole score of 138. Had he missed, he would have been in a three-man playoff for two spots.
He had planned on going to North Carolina next week to watch recruits in a junior tournament.
“This is a little better,” Martin told the Golf Channel.
In other qualifiers:
• At Upper Arlington, Ohio, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III was one of 16 players at the biggest of the 11 qualifiers.
• At Rockville, Md., Shane Bertsch was medalist and received one of seven spots at Woodmont Country Club.
• At Glen Ellyn, Ill., Tim Herron grabbed one of two spots available at Village Links. Herron tied for 53rd in the ‘98 U.S. Open the last time it was played at Olympic.
• At Lecanto, Fla., Scott Langley made it through local and sectional qualify for the second time in three years. Langley made his U.S. Open debut as an amateur at Pebble Beach in 2010 and tied for 16th to share low-amateur honors.
• At Springfield, Ohio, Brice Garnett was medalist and earned one of two spots from Springfield Country Club. It will be his first PGA Tour-sanctioned event.