Local pro: Casey's run to Olympic 'no surprise'

Local pro: Casey's run to Olympic 'no surprise' »Play Video
Casey Martin, left, watches as Tiger Woods uses Martin's putter on the fifth hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
At Fiddler's Green, you'll find Precision Golf School head pro Doug DuChateau giving lessons and keeping his own game sharp. But this week, DuChateau, who was a two time All Pac-10 selection while at Oregon, will spend a little more time watching Casey Martin, whom he played against when Martin was at Stanford.

"I think he's one of those rare individuals that will be able to take advantage of his length, because his driving accuracy relative to his length is exceptional," says DuChateau. "So I think his skills match up very well.

DuChateau has consulted with Martin on a couple of occasions, and the two played together last year at Eugene Country Club.

"He is the type of player that, his standards for his play will never change, and they haven't," says DuChateau. "The day we played together, I think he shot 67, and I can certainly recall he left a few out there. So, his game has remained very, very strong."

And Martin's college teammate at Stanford, Tiger Woods, says he sees a difference in Casey from when they were playing together.

"He's just so happy in life," says Woods. "It's neat to see him (like that). You know, he played the tour out here, and tried that, and he was happy doing it. But not like he is now. It's good to see him in a really really good place."


Beyond Tiger, Lefty and Bubba, all eyes this week at Olympic will be on Oregon golf coach Casey Martin. Martin and his golf cart have returned to competitive golf this week for practice rounds in San Francisco, and one area professional believes Casey is capable of big things there.