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Hanson 1 off lead despite worries about ill son

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HILVERSUM, Netherlands (AP)

Ryder Cup player Peter Hanson received an exemption from KLM Open officials to use his mobile phone during play on Saturday to keep in contact with his wife over his seriously ill one-year-old son.

The boy, Tim, contracted a respiratory virus known as RS which was common in small children, and was isolated on Friday in the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Florida, where the Swede was based with his family.

Hanson said his five-year-old daughter, Stella, brought the virus home from school and passed it to Tim, his wife and their nanny. Only Tim was in a serious condition.

''I've been told it's a very dangerous virus in young children and it's also very aggressive,'' Hanson said.

With the virus being contagious, Hanson was warned by doctors to avoid his family, for now. So he elected to play on in the KLM Open, though he slept for only half an hour on Friday night, he said.

Despite his concerns for his family and lack of sleep, he carded a 67 and was only a stroke behind the leaders heading toward the final round.

''The doctors said that when they cough it could be just so easy for me to pick up the virus and that's the last thing I need going to Medinah (for the Ryder Cup this month),'' he said.

''It's just so tough as my mind is over in Florida with my wife and children but then I'm still trying to focus and win this event, particularly now I am only one behind.

''Hopefully, if he sees his dad holding the Dutch Open trophy, that might help for a speedy recovery.''

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