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Golf Notes February 9

Australian golfer wins right to use cart

Arthritic golfer Nigel Lane has won his battle to use a motorised cart on the Australasian PGA Tour.

PGA Tour Australasia Operations director Trevor Herden said today the Brisbane golfer could play the remaining two tournaments, the Canon Challenge and season-closing Tour Champions, provided he pre-qualified for both events.

Lane, who suffers from arthritis in his feet making it painful to walk, applied to the Tour last week for a special exemption to use a cart to help him play.

He had been prepared to take his case to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission had the Tour knocked him back.

Herden said Lane's conditions would be monitored regularly by the Tour's doctor, Jeff Steinweg, and reviewed when his condition improved.

Lane said he was "overjoyed" by the decision."

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