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Golfer gives €20k to hospital here that cared for sick son

GOLF star Ross Fisher has pledged to donate €20,000 to Kerry General Hospital due to the excellent care his son received after he was taken ill during the Irish Open.

The defending champion's four-month-old son Harry became unwell during last month's tournament.

Fisher (30) was so impressed with the level of care Harry received that he has decided to donate his entire tournament cheque from last week's WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio to the hospital.

Little Harry was diagnosed with a virus and the British golfer spent the following few days by his son's bedside.

Fisher -- who is ranked 63 in the world -- teed off this week at the USPGA Championship in Atlanta along with the likes of Irishmen Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke.

He withdrew from the WGC Bridgestone Invitational to spend time with his son but was entitled to last place prize money of $35,000 (¤20,000).


A spokesperson for the Tralee hospital told the Herald that the donation would be spent on the paediatric unit.

"Kerry General Hospital are happy that Mr Fisher and his wife were very pleased with the care and attention their child received while an in-patient in the hospital and is delighted that Mr Fisher has signalled his intention to donate money.

"The hospital very much welcomes his generous offer and the donation will be utilised to enhance paediatric services in the hospital."

Maurice O'Meara, the general manager of the Killarney Golf and Fishing club -- this year's venue for the Irish Open -- told the Herald: "It doesn't surprise me that Ross has decided to made that kind of donation. He's such a humble guy."

The event itself raised ¤66,000 for children's charity Barnardos -- an increase on the sum it raised last year.