Heat too much for ALS-battling Julian

Updated: June 1, 2002, 2:53 AM ET
Associated Press

POTOMAC, Md. -- Jeff Julian, who is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS, saw his game fade in the heat Friday at the Kemper Open.

Julian, playing in the last group of the day as the temperature reached 90 degrees, shot 78 and missed the cut with a 12-over-par 154. He has missed the cut in all six events he's played this year.

``Heat's a big no-no with ALS,'' said Julian's wife, Kimberly, standing under a sun umbrella at the fourth tee. ``Heat and stress. It brings on fatigue a lot quicker.''

Julian recently made it through the first stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open, but the final stage will require him to play 36 grueling holes Tuesday in St. Louis.

``Hopefully it'll be cooler there,'' Kimberly Julian said.

Casey Martin, who uses a cart because of a medical condition that has withered his leg, also missed the cut with rounds of 74 and 73. It was his first PGA Tour event of the year.

Both Julian and Martin played on a sponsor's exemptions. Coincidentally, they both played in the last groups of the day, Julian starting on the first hole and Martin on the 10th.

Too hot for comfort
Franklin Langham had to pause while lining up a short putt on the fifth green Friday at the Kemper Open because a rescue squad truck, with its lights flashing, stopped on a nearby road.

The paramedics were there to treat an elderly woman, who tournament officials said was suffering from ``borderline heat exhaustion.''

The woman was one of several fans treated for heat problems as the temperature soared to 90. None required hospitalization.

Wiebe pulls out
In one of the least surprising developments of the day, Mark Wiebe withdrew Friday morning before the start of the second round of the Kemper Open.

Wiebe, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, shot an 18-over-par 89 on Thursday. His round was especially noticeable because he finished 26 strokes behind a player in his own threesome, first-round leader Franklin Langham.

A realist
Willie Wood has an answer for Greg Norman, who said earlier this week that over-40 golfers were becoming a ``forgotten entity'' on the PGA Tour.

Wood is 41, and his only tour title came in 1996. He had to wait on the alternates' list before getting a spot at this week's Kemper Open.

But he has no complaints about the way he's treated.

``I don't feel forgotten at all,'' said Wood, who is tied for second after rounds of 66 and 68. ``If you play good, you'll suddenly be remembered. It's as simple as that.''

``And I'm definitely not going to feel sorry for Greg,'' he added with a laugh.

Back-to-back eagles foe Elkington
Steve Elkington had back-to-back eagles at the 13th and 14th holes Friday at the second round of the Kemper Open.

Both holes have solid eagle potential -- the 13th is a downhill par-5 and the 14th is a 301-yard par-4 -- but it's still a rare occurrence both at the TPC at Avenel and on the PGA Tour in general. Elkington's the first player to accomplish the feat this year, and only three golfers -- Brad Faxon, Joe Ogilvie and Phil Mickelson (twice) -- did it last year.

Elkington's heroics didn't put him on the leaderboard. The rest of his round was even par, so he finished with a 4-under 67 for a 5-under 137 two-round total.

There were two holes-in-one Friday. Neal Lancaster aced the 133-yard No. 11 with a wedge, and Russ Cochran nailed the 184-yard No. 9 with an 8-iron.


Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press

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