Not everyone agrees that Compton should have cart in bid to reach PGA Tour
Should Erik Compton be allowed use of a cart in his effort to qualify for the PGA Tour? Our experts give their takes in this week's edition of Fact or Fiction.
Erik Compton, just months removed from having the third heart of his young life implanted in his chest, received permission to use a cart during the PGA Tour's first stage of Q-school.But while many around the country are pulling for the former national No. 1 junior player to reach the PGA Tour, is it fair for him to have a cart while the rest of his competitors walk the course during the grueling qualification process? Our experts ponder that question and more as they share their opinions in this week's edition of Fact or Fiction.
Erik Compton should be allowed to use a cart for PGA Tour Q-school.
If anything, Martin taught us that there are, indeed, rare instances when a person can be a world-class golfer while still dealing with a serious medical issue that might otherwise keep him from playing. In Martin's case, it was a birth defect in his right leg that was not going to get better and made it extremely painful to walk.Martin, who played with Tiger Woods at Stanford and could hit the ball a mile, gained no advantage with a cart. It simply allowed him to get around and be on a somewhat even playing field with others. Just the amount of walking he did from cart to green to tee box was bad enough.
Now it's Compton's turn to get a cart at a first-stage PGA Tour qualifying event. Just five months ago, Compton, 28, had his second heart transplant. It is amazing to think that he can swing a golf club at all, let alone compete at a high level for the right to get on the Nationwide or PGA Tours. And yet, for Compton, walking at this stage in his recovery might be asking too much. He has enough issues to overcome that a cart does not give him an advantage over the other competitors.
Certainly this opens up questions about where you draw the line with golf carts. Nobody thought for a second that Tiger Woods deserved one at the U.S. Open, because injuries are part of sports. But Martin and Compton's cases are different. They qualify for the use of a cart under the Americans With Disabilities Act. If anything, we should be celebrating the fact that they have or will compete at all.
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