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Lane becomes first cart using Australian

Nigel Lane will make Australian golf history on Thursday when he becomes the first person to play an Australasian tour event using a golf cart.

The 31-year-old Queenslander has been battling a mystery foot and back problem which has blocked his path to the main Australasian PGA tour for the past two years.

But after pre-qualifying yesterday for a place in the field for the season-ending Tour Championship at Royal Canberra, PGA officials gave Lane the all-clear to use a cart this week.

The decision heads off potential legal action against the tour, and follows the famous case in the United States where Casey Martin was allowed to use a cart on tour.

Lane will have his work cut out around the tight Royal Canberra layout, where New Zealander Michael Campbell wants to cement his position as the best golfer on the Australasian tour with a victory and a record $1 million in prizemoney in one season.

Campbell arrived in Canberra late today after his first-round defeat in the World Matchplay in California against world number one Tiger Woods.

For Lane, this week's event gives him hope of building a career on the main tour, although officials stressed the decision to allow a cart on the course was under continued review.

He has been fighting to play in a cart since the 1998 Coolum Classic.

"Without it I can't get around," Lane said.

"On a really good day, I could force myself to get around, but I couldn't guarantee I could stand up the next day."

"A few guys out there hate it."

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