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Poulter urges injury-hit Woods to miss Royal St George's


July 5, 2011 - London

European Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter has urged American golfer Tiger Woods to skip The Open and only return to golf when he is fully fit.

Woods, who has slumped to No.17 in the rankings, has until next Tuesday to announce whether he will start at Royal St George's on July 14, The Mirror reports.

But the American, 35, said last week he will not return to action until he is "100 per cent fit" following the injury to his knee and Achilles suffered at the Masters.

The 14-time Major winner has played only nine holes of competitive golf - at The Players ­Championship - since and not ­practised at all.

Poulter believes the superstar, who was absent in 2008 after knee surgery, will be right to miss his second Open in four years.

"He won't play and he probably shouldn't play," said the world No.14, who is ranked above Woods for the first time in his career.

"To be honest, all he needs to do is get himself fit. If he comes back too early, he is going to be back out of the game for a while. He has been so good for golf that I think everybody would like to see him fit, healthy and where he can just play with no injuries," said Poulter.

ANI

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