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ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) _ 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 holed out a par putt from about 8 feet. He 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.

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 over $9 million on the PGA Tour.