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The Home Stretch
Casey Martin
October 12, 1998
I've still got a chance. With two events left in the Nike tour season, I've got to play well. After winning the Lakeland Classic in January, I've dropped to 27th on the Nike money list. Only the top 15 qualify for next year's PGA Tour. I need another $40,000 or so to make the top 15, which means I'll probably have to win again. It's been a great year in many ways, but now I'm in a tough spot.
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October 12, 1998

The Home Stretch

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I've still got a chance. With two events left in the Nike tour season, I've got to play well. After winning the Lakeland Classic in January, I've dropped to 27th on the Nike money list. Only the top 15 qualify for next year's PGA Tour. I need another $40,000 or so to make the top 15, which means I'll probably have to win again. It's been a great year in many ways, but now I'm in a tough spot.

I'm a little frustrated with my game. Physically, I'm O.K. Riding a cart all year has kept my right leg from getting worse. In fact, the leg feels better than it ever has so late in the season. Mentally, though, this year has been a grind, with so many demands on my time that my life on the Nike tour is drastically different from anybody else's. I can never play golf and go home. There are clinics, which I like doing, and press conferences, which I'm still learning to enjoy. Last month was busy—I finished 28th at the Oregon Classic, my hometown tournament, and changed agencies. My agent, Chris Murray, left Jim Lehman's Signature Sports Group to start his own firm, Imani Sports, and I went with him. It was nothing against Jim, but Chris has worked hard for me. It was only right to stay with him.

Here's another change: Next month I'm moving back home to Eugene, where I've bought a house. I miss my family, I miss Oregon, and it makes no sense to pay rent in Foster City, Calif., when I'm hardly ever there.

I feel I'm capable of better golf than I've shown. There is one big paycheck left to shoot for, at the Nike Tour Championship, Oct. 22-25 in Semmes, Ala. I'll be there to try for it. After that, who knows? I don't believe in destiny, but I do think God has a plan for me, whether I play the Nike tour, the PGA Tour, somewhere else or not at all.

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