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Poulter To Have Eye Surgery

January 12, 2009

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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