Mickelson out of Quail Hollow pro-am

Updated: April 28, 2010, 3:57 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Phil Mickelson withdrew from the pro-am Wednesday afternoon at the Quail Hollow Championship just five holes into the round, citing illness.

Mickelson was sick at his hotel Tuesday night and called for assistance after the fifth hole at Quail Hollow Club. He was treated for dehydration at the on-course medical center.

The reigning Masters champion met with the media Wednesday morning and did not disclose any health issues. He still expects to make his first-round, 12:50 p.m. tee time Thursday, according to a statement released on his behalf.

This is Mickelson's first PGA Tour event since winning the green jacket at Augusta National three weeks ago.

Mickelson spoke with reporters Wednesday morning, then played the first five holes of the pro-am with partners Tim Belk and Bruce Rockowitz.

That's when he begged off the rest of the round, citing the illness.

Skipping the pro-am for those eligible can cause a player to be disqualified from the tournament. But under PGA Tour regulations, because Mickelson's absence was due to illness or injury, his status in the event will not be affected.

Bob Harig is a golf writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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