Harry Potter star Tom Felton collapses on 18th hole at Whistling Straits during Ryder Cup Celebrity Match

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Tom Felton collapses on 18th hole at Whistling Straits during Ryder Cup Celebrity Match - AP
Tom Felton collapses on 18th hole at Whistling Straits during Ryder Cup Celebrity Match - AP

Harry Potter actor Tom Felton was taken to hospital after collapsing on the 18th hole of Whistling Straits. Felton was participating in the Ryder Cup Celebrity Match when he was taken ill.

A sporting enthusiast who has previously been interviewed on Test Match Special, Felton - who turned 34 on Wednesday - portrayed Draco Malfoy in the movie adaptations of JK Rowling’s spectacularly successful novels.

The Celebrity Match was contested by two teams representing Europe and America. Felton’s comrades included Italian footballer Alessandro del Piero, French actress Stephanie Szostak and two basketballers in Croatia’s Tony Kukoc and Slovenia’s Sasha Vujacic.

The Malfoy family were villainous servants of baddie Lord Voldemort, and Malfoy was Potter’s chief antagonist among the children attending Hogwart’s School. Felton began filming when he was only 14.

Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter
Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter

He was approaching the climax of his round when he collapsed and doctors were called to the 18th green. Felton is an experienced golfer - believed to have a handicap of 15 - and a regular face on the celebrity pro-am circuit, having appeared at Wentworth only two weeks ago.

The Celebrity Match was part of a week-long schedule of events that prefigured the 43rd Ryder Cup, which was due to start at 7am on Friday.

Tom Felton collapses on the 18th hole - REUTERS
Tom Felton collapses on the 18th hole - REUTERS
Tom Felton is helped up after being taken ill - REUTERS
Tom Felton is helped up after being taken ill - REUTERS
Tom Felton is helped into a golf buggy - REUTERS
Tom Felton is helped into a golf buggy - REUTERS
Tom Felton is driven away for medical treatment - AP
Tom Felton is driven away for medical treatment - AP
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