Wie bid cut short by illness

Teen withdraws from PGA event, is treated, released after heat exhaustion

Ogilvie has 1-shot lead

July 15, 2006

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 PGA John Deere Classic with nine holes left yesterday in Silvis, Ill. She struggled to keep herself from getting sick on a hot, steamy afternoon and left the course in an ambulance.

"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.

"Michelle was diagnosed with heat exhaustion and is now resting and in very good spirits," Berlin added.

Wie was released last night, said Tammy Stone, a nursing supervisor at the Genesis Medical Center, Illini campus.

Wie walked off the ninth hole on her own, but after talking 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.

"She's fine. She's getting better," B.J. Wie said when he came out of the course medical trailer.

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 a 6-over-par 77 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 yesterday. Joe Ogilvie was the second-round leader at 10-under 132 after a 4-under 67.

LPGA Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic -- Mi Hyun Kim shot a 5-under 66 for a share of the lead in the suspended second round in Sylvania, Ohio. Reilley Rankin (68) also finished at 8-under 134 before rain forced the suspension of play. Natalie Gulbis was 8-under through nine holes when play was stopped.

Champions Senior Players Championship -- Joe Ozaki made a tour-record eight straight birdies and was 8-under through 12 holes when the second round was suspended because of rain in Dearborn, Mich. Ozaki was leading the tournament at 9-under overall and facing an 8-foot birdie putt at No. 13 when play was stopped.

PGA European Barclays Scottish Open -- Darren Clarke shot a 6-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead halfway through the event in Luss.

U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship -- Oklahoma's Anthony Kim routed Georgia Tech's Kevin Larsen, 6 and 5, to set up a 36-hole title match against former Nevada player Casey Watabu in Bremerton, Wash.

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