McIlroy dealing with fatigue in Dubai

Rory McIlroy said the fatigue he’s felt for the past several

weeks may be the lingering effects of dengue fever.

The No. 2-ranked McIlroy had two late bogeys Friday to finish

with a 1-under 71 and 7 under at the Dubai World Championship.

McIlroy is five shots behind Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

He must win to have any chance of claiming the European money

title ahead of Luke Donald.

McIlroy said he got blood test results back Thursday that showed

his white blood cell count remained low. He said all he can do is

”keep hydrated” to help offset the fatigue.

”To be honest, I don’t feel too bad,” he said after his round

Friday. ”But yeah, we got the blood test results back last night.

It was basically the same. Platelet count was low and my blood cell

count was low as well.”

The U.S. Open champion 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 also didn’t rule out that it could’ve been a case of

food poisoning. He said he didn’t have it anymore and was just

suffering the ”the lasting effects which my body is trying to

fight to obviously get back to 100 percent.”

McIlroy said he would see a doctor Saturday before determining

if he will pull out of the Thailand Golf Championship that starts

next week.

He said the only way for him to fully recover was get plenty of

rest, cut down on the travel and ”let my body just get back to

full health as quickly as possible.”