McIlroy runs out of steam in Dubai
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy finally ran out of gas.
Afer winning in Hong Kong to keep the European title battle
alive with No. 1-ranked Luke Donald, a shaky third-round 71 on
Saturday left the 22-year-old McIlroy six shots off the lead at the
Dubai World Championship.
McIlroy needs to win the tournament, and hope Donald finishes
outside the top nine. Even McIlroy admitted that was unlikely,
considering he is six shots behind leader Alvaro Quiros and Donald
has moved into fourth spot.
”I’m tired. I’m very tired,” McIlroy said. ”You know, I don’t
really want to say that that’s the cause of playing the way I did
on the front nine because I came back on 4-under on the back nine.
Yeah, as I have been saying all week and last week, I’m not 100
percent but that shouldn’t stop me from going out and playing good
It sure didn’t last week. After complaining of fatigue during
two average rounds at the Hong Kong Open, McIlroy came from behind
on Sunday to win the tournament. He clinched it in dramatic fashion
when he holed a shot from a green side bunker.
Still, there is no ignoring that McIlroy has looked run down at
times this week.
On Friday he said the fatigue he’d felt for the past several
weeks may be the lingering effects of dengue fever. McIlroy said he
got blood test results back Thursday that showed his white blood
cell count remained low and that he may pull out of next week’s
Thailand Golf Championship.
The No. 2-ranked McIlroy believes he picked up a ”mild case of
dengue fever” when he was playing tournaments in South Korea or
China at the end of October and early November. Dengue fever is
spread by mosquitoes, generally in tropical areas, and can cause
fever, rash and joint pain.
McIlroy, who lost ”maybe three or four kilos” when he was
sick, said he would see the doctor later Saturday to determine
whether he would play the Thai tournament.
Asked about the role his busy schedule in recent months played
in his health woes, McIlroy said it had worn him down but that he
had no regrets about playing the World Cup in China with countryman
”It was touch and go whether I was going to play. I wanted to
play because it was a big deal for me and G-Mac,” he said. ”It
was something we were really excited about most of the year.
”As much as maybe I shouldn’t have played, I didn’t want to let
McIlroy said he just needed plenty of rest to fully recover.
”The last couple of weeks have taken a lot out of me after not
giving myself enough time to recover straight after the illness,”
he said. ”It just sort of hit me in the last sort or 10