Monday, January 12, 2009

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Ian Poulter has pulled out of this week's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in order to undergo corrective eye surgery.

``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,'' the English golfer said in a statement. ``I am relieved that the problem can be corrected with surgery, but very disappointed to miss one of my favorite events on the schedule.''

Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia are among the top players in the $2 million tournament starting Thursday at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

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