Poulter out sick at Honda Classic in Florida
Thursday, March 1, 2012
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Ian Poulter has withdrawn from the Honda Classic with an illness. That puts a rookie from Argentina in the spotlight for this afternoon's first round.
Poulter was replaced in the field by Miguel Angel Carballo, who will play alongside Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood in the 12:30 p.m. pairing on No. 1 at PGA National Resort & Spa.
The Englishman tweeted Wednesday night that he was feeling ill and posted a picture of the thermometer reading stretching past 101 degrees.
Poulter was supposed to be part of the marquee pairing. Now that spot goes to Carballo, who will make his first appearance in the Honda Classic, the first of four stops in Florida as the Tour gears up for next month's Masters.
Carballo, who will be 33 this month, has made three cuts in five starts this season, with a tie for 29th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am as his best finish. He earned his Tour card with a 10th-place finish on the Nationwide Tour money list last season, his fifth on the developmental circuit.