STEPHEN GALLACHER feared he might “keel over” after being affected by dizziness during the British Masters.
The virus-hit Lothians star climbed out of his sick bed to play in the first round of the £3 million event at Woburn.
But, after feeling he had little or no energy as he struggled to a four-over-par 75, Gallacher reluctantly withdrew.
“I’m not feeling great,” he said after emerging from the scorer’s hut, having only been able to play nine holes in Wednesday’s pro-am
“I’ve not had anything to eat today and I’m actually feeling sick. I’ll go and see the doctor to see if he can give me something. If not, I’ll probably head up the road.”
Gallacher had been keen to try and back up his top-20 finish in last week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
But he added: “When I was getting up after bending down, I was feeling dizzy quite a bit. I felt as though I was going to keel over.
“I played like a guy with no energy. I had four three putts and bogeyed a couple with a sand wedge in my hand.
“It’s a shame as I was looking forward to this event. The course is awesome. It’s one of the best, in fact. It’s an old-fashioned new course and I really like that type of test.”
On a day when Paul Lawrie also withdrew due to a back injury, Scotland’s Marc Warren shot a six-under 65 to sit a shot behind leader Matt Fitzpatrick in the race for a £500,000 top prize.