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Golf News: - Posted 23rd November 1997

Johansson taken to hospital at World Cup of Golf

Kiawah Island, South Carolina - Per-Ulrik Johansson dropped out of the final round of the World Cup of Golf today after being taken back into a Charleston hospital

Johansson, who with partner Joakim Haeggman had taken Sweden into fourth place, was kept in overnight for observation.

He fell ill in Atlanta two weeks ago and on Thursday, following a first-round 64 during which he complained of feeling very tired, collapsed in the clubhouse.

He was put on a saline drip and had various tests, but doctors were not able to tell him what the problem was.

Johansson, still feeling weak, shot 74 in the second round and 71 on Saturday but then suffered a relapse around 8.00pm.

He lives in Marbella but was flying back to Sweden to be with his family and to undergo further examination. He is now likely to withdraw from the American Tour qualifying school in two weeks' time.

Johansson's agent Nick Green said: "The doctors don't really have much of a clue what it is. The most likely cause is some kind of bronchitis.

"His pulse and heart rates are up; he has some inflammation on his chest and he is coughing up phlegm.