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Poulter To Have Eye Surgery

January 12, 2009
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Ian Poulter has pulled out of this week's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in order to undergo corrective eye surgery.

Poulter said, "I have been having a problem with my vision in poor light, and my doctors have advised me that I should have this surgery as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration."

He expressed gratitude that the problem was easily correctable with a surgical procedure, but disappointment at missing one of his "favorite events."

Poulter did not say how soon he expects to return to competitive golf.

--Associated Press

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