Player Suing Tour Over Health Reasons

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PGA Tour (75x100)CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Pro golfer Greg Kraft sued the PGA Tour for failing to warn players about the risk of contracting a fungal infection at a tournament in Tucson, Ariz., the St. Petersburg Times reported Thursday.
 
Kraft, 39, filed the lawsuit earlier this week. He thinks he got valley fever, an illness most common in the southwestern United States, at the Tucson Open in February 2002.
 
``The Tour had a responsibility to its players,'' Kraft's attorney, Leonard Decof, told the newspaper. ``They should have known about this. If golfers are going to be playing under conditions that could be dangerous or life threatening, the tour should know about it and warn them.''
 
Omni Hotels Management Corp., which operates the resort where the tournament took place, was also named as a defendant.
 
The PGA Tour and Omni Hotels did not immediately return phone calls from the newspaper seeking comment.
 
Kraft, an 11-year Tour player, earned $71,756 this year, placing him 220th on the PGA's money leaders list. Kraft lost his tour card, and the PGA Tour has refused to give him a medical waiver.
 
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