posted on Sep, 16 2005 @ 07:31 AM
Golfer rushed to hospital after developing rapid pulse.
FARMINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- Former U.S. PGA champion David Toms was in good condition after developing a rapid pulse during the 84 Lumber Classic on
Thursday and being rushed by helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital.
Toms was even par through nine holes -- he started on No. 10 -- before being taken off the course on a stretcher, according to U.S. PGA Tour
officials. He was taken first to Uniontown Hospital, then was flown to Pittsburgh's UPMC-Presbyterian University Hospital.
Toms' caddie, Scott Gneiser, told The Associated Press that Toms was airlifted to Pittsburgh because "his heart rate went way up."
There was no immediate word on what Toms' specific problem was.
"He was clutching his chest and said he couldn't breathe," said tournament co-leader Shaun Micheel, who was paired with Toms. "It shook me up. He
went down to his knee, got up and walked a few steps and then went back to his knee. When an ambulance backs up to the first tee, it tells you it's a
little more serious."
This is the second time this week that one of golf's best-known players was rushed to a hospital with a rapid pulse. Meg Mallon was taken to an
Indianapolis hospital on Sunday after her heart began beating as many as 290 times a minute shortly after the closing ceremony at the Solheim Cup in
Whats going on with our professional golfers? Has the competition become so fierce and the pressure so intense that "our hearts" won't be able to