Mallon with New Lease on Life

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 16, 2005, 4:00 pm
Just two days after being released from an Indiana hospital after undergoing minor heart surgery, Meg Mallon says she feels like she has a new lease on life.
 
Its a weird feeling. I feel really lucky, actually, she told The Golf Channel by phone from her home in Ocean Ridge, Fla.
 
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Meg Mallon celebrates after clinching the Solheim Cup for the U.S.
Mallon, 42, was diagnosed with Supraventricular Tachycardia, a cardiac rhythm disturbance that results in a racing heartbeat. Mallon went through a procedure on Tuesday in which heat distributed through a catheter destroyed a small piece of tissue where the rhythm arises.
 
She was taken by ambulance to The Heart Center of Indiana after the closing ceremonies of the Solheim Cup on Sunday when her heart rate increased to as many as 290 beats per minute.
 
We were on the bus coming back from the closing ceremonies; we were dancing and singing and having a great time. And all of a sudden, I couldnt catch my breath. And my heart started racing. I told Beth Daniel and Christina Kim, I cant get my heart to stop racing, recalled Mallon, who made the Cup clinching putt.
 
Paramedics were contacted immediately and Mallon was rushed to the hospital. Dr. Richard Fogel, who performed Mallons procedure, was actually in the gallery when Mallon won her singles match against Karen Stupples.
 
'As they say, timing is everything. To have these doctors that actually teach this procedure, and are world-renown, was just amazing that they were right there,' she said.
 
Mallon was forced to withdraw from this weeks John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic, but hopes to compete in next weeks Office Depot Championship in Los Angeles.
 
My heart feels better than ever, said Mallon.
 
This wasnt the first time Mallon had experienced a rapid heart rate. She said she was misdiagnosed with panic attacks in her mid-teens, when actually ' as doctors now tell her ' she had SVT.
 
Mallon said that surgery has fixed the disorder and she doesnt anticipate future problems.
 
Amazingly, PGA Tour player David Toms was diagnosed with the same disorder this week. He was rushed off the course Thursday after nine holes of the 84 Lumber Classic in Pennsylvania. He was released from the hospital Friday and was feeling fine.
 
Mallon said its a strange coincidence that both players were affected in the same week, but that it could turn out to be a positive thing for not only both players, but other affected with SVT.
 
Maybe the two of us are meant to be out there and be the faces for people who have basically suffered through this for a long time, not knowing what they have, she said.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.