Originally created 07/15/06

Wie is forced to leave with heat exhaustion



SILVIS, Ill. - Missing yet another PGA Tour cut was the least of Michelle Wie's worries.

The 16-year-old phenom was treated for heat exhaustion at a local hospital after withdrawing from the John Deere Classic with nine holes left Friday. She struggled to keep herself from getting sick on a hot, steamy afternoon, and left the course in an ambulance with an IV in one arm.

"She suffered a number of different symptoms, including stomach pains, nausea, dizziness and breathing problems which worsened as the round continued," Wie's agent, Ross Berlin, said in a statement.

"She was treated at the emergency room of the Genesis Medical Center and will soon be released. Michelle was diagnosed with heat exhaustion and is now resting and in very good spirits."

After the ninth hole, Wie talked with her parents said she couldn't play anymore. She then was taken to the course medical trailer, where she was treated for about 30 minutes.

Under Illinois law, Wie had to be taken to a hospital for further attention. Her mother, Bo, accompanied the teenager in the ambulance and her father, B.J., followed behind in an SUV.

This was Wie's fifth attempt at becoming the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to make a PGA Tour cut. But her chances at history were all but over after she opened with 6-over-par 77 on Thursday, leaving her 13 strokes behind the leaders and eight strokes over the projected cut line.

She was at 2-over 37 when she withdrew Friday. Joe Ogilvie was the second-round leader at 10-under 132 after 67. Daniel Chopra (69), Kris Cox (68), John Senden (69) and John Huston (67) were one stroke back at 9 under.

JAMIE FARR CLASSIC: In Sylvania, Ohio, former Georgia golfer Reilley Rankin had just 30 minutes to practice with her new golf clubs before the start of the LPGA Tour event.

It might have been the best thing to happen to her.

Rankin, her regular set of clubs lost in travel two weeks ago, shot 3-under-par 68 to get to 8-under 134 and grab a share of the lead with Mi Hyun Kim (66) before heavy rain forced the suspension of second-round play until today.

Natalie Gulbis was 8 under through nine holes before play was stopped.

Se Ri Pak, attempting to match Mickey Wright's tour record of five victories in one event, and Annika Sorenstam were both 4 under through 11 holes.

SCOTTISH OPEN: In Luss, Scotland, Darren Clarke had seven birdies and shot 6-under-par 65, opening a three-stroke lead halfway through the European Tour event.

The Northern Irishman completed the second round at 11-under 131, ahead of Damien McGrane (66), Charl Schwartzel (66) and Johan Edfors (69).

SCHOLARSHIP SHOWDOWN: In Byron, Minn., Jon Turcott maintained his lead in the Nationwide Tour event.

Turcott shot 5-under-par 67 and is at 13-under 131, one shot ahead of Mike Perez.

Former Thomson resident Franklin Langham is at 69-70-139. Aiken's Matt Hendrix shot 72-71-143 and missed the cut by two shots.