The 49-year-old man was born with a rare circulatory disease that affected the blood vessels in his lower right leg.
Casey Martin, who successfully sued the PGA Tour to obtain the right to use a golf cart during tournaments, had his right leg amputated on Friday, Golf Digest reported.
Martin was in recovery Saturday at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota after his leg was reportedly amputated above the knee.
Martin, 49, was born with a rare circulatory disease that affected the blood vessels in his lower right leg.
The condition, known as Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome, led Martin into a fight with the PGA to use a car. Martin, who won a PGA Tour card for the 2000 season, said his leg condition prevented him from walking all 18 holes.
He cited the Americans with Disabilities Act and his lawsuit went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. The vote was 7-2 in favor of Martin.
Although Martin has had lifelong leg problems, the path to amputation began when he broke his leg two years ago. The tibia was reportedly unable to heal despite being in a cast, and repeated injections didn’t help either.
“In many ways I got over what my doctors told me as a kid,” Martin recently told Golf Digest. “I always felt that this would be my destiny. So while it is strange to be here now, on the verge of being seriously disfigured, it is not unexpected. “
Martin, who has been a men’s golf coach at Oregon since 2006, was a teammate of Tiger Woods at Stanford in college. His playing career in the PGA was brief, participating in just 43 events, 29 of which came in 2000 when he made 14 cuts and finished in the top 25.
He appeared in just nine events over the next five years before landing the coaching job. Martin also played in two events in 2012.
The Oregon native also played in two US Opens, finishing tied for 23rd in 1998 and missing the cut in 2012.
According to the PGA Tour, Martin earned $ 206,874 as a player.
Martin told Golf Digest that he hopes to have a prosthesis fitted and feels that he will be able to play better golf, and perhaps even tournament golf, once he recovers.
Oregon won the 2016 national team title and placed second in 2017.