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Calcavecchia withdraws from Tampa with illness

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. – There was cause for concern Sunday when Mark Calcavecchia slumped into a folding chair on the practice putting green, in need of medical attention.

Fortunately for the 53-year-old, his withdrawal during the final round of the Valspar Championship was because of illness and not something more serious. After turning in 4-over 40, he was taken to the medical tent by a paramedics cart.

“I’ve never seen him this white,” said his wife and caddie, Brenda. “He was ready to go down.”


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Brenda said that Calc has been unable to eat for more than 24 hours and was on the verge of passing out during the final round.

She said she knew something was wrong with her husband on Saturday night, while attending her sister-in-law’s 40th birthday party. “He was drinking water,” she said.

Calcavecchia had shot 4-over 217 (73-71-73) to sit in a tie for 65th through three rounds at Innisbrook.

“We have our bus here,” Brenda said, pointing to the on-site RV park, “and I’m not sure we’re going anywhere until tomorrow.”