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March 1 2012

2:00 PM

Poulter pulls out with illness

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Ian Poulter has withdrawn from The Honda Classic due to illness.

“Sorry guys never been so disappointed in pulling out of a tournament,” Poulter tweeted Thursday morning before leaving the property. “Never felt so ruff, Hope 1st reserve plays well in a great group today.”

Poulter’s illness seemed to begin Wednesday night. He tweeted, “Heading straight to bed, 101.2 temperature, freezing then sweating. I hope I can sweat it out overnight or it could be home for me.” He even took a picture of the thermometer.

The Englishman was scheduled to tee off at 12:30 p.m. ET in the Featured Group with Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood. Poulter will be replaced by alternate Miguel Angel Carballo. Alternate Jonas Blixt would have replaced Poulter, but he had a sinus infection.

Carballo, who is from Bahia Blanca, Argentina, a rookie on the PGA TOUR after graduating from the Nationwide Tour, has made five starts this season with a tie for 29th his best finish.

Earlier, Alex Cejka withdrew with an elbow injury and was replaced in the field by Richard H. Lee.

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