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Ian Poulter pulls out of Honda Classic with pneumonia


Ian Poulter has pulled out of this week's Honda Classic PGA Tour event after contracting pneumonia.

Poulter, who had complained of suffering from a high temperature, was due to play with compatriot Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods in the first round.

"Sorry guys never been so disappointed in pulling out of a tournament," Poulter wrote on his Twitter account. "Never felt so rough, hope the first reserve plays well in a great group today."

Poulter was replaced by Miguel Angel Carballo, organisers said, but the Argentine could only shoot a nine-over-par 79.

Later, after being examined, Poulter tweeted: "Just been for a chest X-ray. Got Pneumonia guys, rest time for me."

American Davis Love III grabbed a two shot lead after shooting a six-under 64 in Thursday's first round.