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Toms is in good condition

David Toms was in good condition last night after developing a rapid pulse during yesterday's 84 Lumber Classic in Farmington, Pa.

Toms was even par through nine holes -- he started on No. 10 -- before being taken off the course on a stretcher, according to PGA Tour officials. He was taken first to Uniontown Hospital, then was flown by helicopter to Pittsburgh's UPMC-Presbyterian University Hospital. A hospital administrator initially said Toms, 38, was in critical condition but, later in the evening, administrator on duty Dolores Stairs said Toms was in good condition. Adam Young, the director of the David Toms Foundation, said Toms spoke to his family members several times during the evening.

''I have an issue with my heart, but it won't be a life-threatening situation," Toms, the world's 11th-ranked player, was quoted as saying by telephone on the PGA Tour's website. ''I am staying overnight in the hospital to get some further evaluation and tests done."

Toms's caddie, Scott Gneiser, said Toms was airlifted to Pittsburgh because ''his heart rate went way up."

''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.

''I asked him if he wanted a drink of water, and he just said his chest was hurting and his heart was racing. He just turned real white, just didn't have color in his face."

Micheel bogeyed his final three holes to settle for a 7-under-par 65 -- not long after a 59 or a 60 seemed a possibility -- and a four-way tie with Mark O'Meara, Charlie Wi, and Nationwide Tour phenom Jason Gore.

World Match Play -- At Virginia Water, England, former winner Colin Montgomerie was eliminated in the first round by Australia's Mark Hensby, who faces top-seeded Retief Goosen.

Hensby, seeded ninth, won, 2 and 1, against the eighth-seeded Montgomerie, a Scotsman who captured the title in 1999. Goosen beat Kenneth Ferrie, 8 and 7.

US Men's Mid-Amateur -- Kevin Marsh defeated Carlton Forrester, 10 and 9, in the 36-hole match play final in Chattanooga, Tenn.

US Women's Mid-Amateur -- Canada's Mary Anne Lapointe became the first foreign-born winner of the tournament, defeating Kerry Postillion, 1 up, in the match-play final in Richmond, Texas.

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