Saturday, September 17, 2005
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Meg Mallon, who made the clinching putt when the Americans won the Solheim Cup, was released from hospital Wednesday after being treated for a rapid heart rate.
Mallon, 42, was taken by ambulance to The Heart Center of Indiana after closing ceremonies Sunday afternoon when her heart rate increased to as many as 290 beats per minute.
Dr. Richard Fogel said she was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia, a cardiac rhythm disturbance that results in a racing heartbeat. Mallon went through a procedure Tuesday in which heat distributed through a catheter destroyed a small piece of tissue where the rhythm arises.
Fogel, who lives near Crooked Stick and was in the gallery when Mallon won her singles match, said she is expected to make a full recovery and should be able to return to the LPGA Tour next week in Los Angeles.
A three-time major champion, Mallon went 2-0-1 in the Solheim Cup. Her six-foot par putt on the 16th hole assured the Americans of the final point they needed to win back the cup from Europe.
Mallon went on to defeat Karen Stupples on the next hole, 3 and 1. She has won more points than any other American in Solheim Cup history.