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Haas carted off course after becoming ill

ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Twenty-six-year PGA Tour veteran Jay Haas was treated and released from a hospital Thursday night after he
left the opening round of the B.C. Open due to suspected kidney
stones.

Haas, 48, complained of feeling ill on the 14th hole at the
En-Joie Golf Club, but he holed out a par putt from about 8 feet
and then teed off on No. 15 before sitting on a bench near the tee,
according to playing partner Chris Perry.

"He sort of popped up his drive to the right,'' Perry said.
"You could see that something was wrong -- supposedly he might be
passing a kidney stone.''

Perry said Haas told the other member of the threesome, Carl
Paulson, that was feeling ill on the 14th hole because of a kidney
stone.

When Perry and Paulson began to walk down the 15th fairway, Haas
"disappeared'' and rode back to the clubhouse in a golf cart with
a tournament official, Perry said.

After being seen by paramedics at the course, Haas was taken by
ambulance to Wilson General Hospital in Johnson City, N.Y.

Wilson General nursing supervisor Kathy Jaros said Haas was
released Thursday night after about five hours of care, though she
refused to discuss his condition.

PGA Tour spokesman Dave Senko also could not provide more
details about Haas' ailment.

Haas' agent, Lynn Roach Jr., did not return a call for comment
Thursday.

Haas was officially recorded as withdrawing from the tournament.
He was 1-under.

He had attempted but failed to qualify for the British Open last
weekend.

Haas has won nine tournaments, including the 1981 B.C. Open, and
just more than $9 million on the PGA Tour.