Dec
10
2011
Poor Health Hampers McIlroy’s Efforts in the Desert
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

This chap is not well.

Rory McIlroy’s seven-under-par total at the halfway mark of the Dubai World Challenge is impressive, even prior to learning that the 23-year-old has spent most of this week struggling with bouts of fever and weakness.

According to members of his management team, the Northerner’s appearance at the Race to Dubai finale could be his last for several weeks.

Reuters’ Tony Jimenez turned to a curiously anonymous member of the Horizon team for an explanation (for a more detailed discussion of the ailment with a medical expert, click here):

“Rory has a low white blood cell count and low platelets…

“The doctors are saying it’s exhaustion, him being run down. The blood count obviously affects his energy levels in a big way…

“It’s a virus and he needs time off. They don’t know where he picked it up but it’s one of those that stays dormant for a couple of weeks and then just kind of flares up.”

But… but what about Thailand next week? Surely he’s not contemplating canceling his appearance at the Thailand Golf Championship?

“We’ve told the Thailand organisers, they know he’s been sick for a few weeks. He wants to play there but I think he’ll make a decision tomorrow night.”

The suspense is killing me.

Conor Nagle