GOLF PHENOM RORY MCILROY HAS BEEN suffering with the lingering effects of Dengue Fever, according to the Associated Press. Consequently, McIlroy has pulled out of this week’s Thailand Golf Championship and said he would not return to tournament golf until late January when he tees it up along with Tiger Woods at Abu Dhabi.
I admit I’m not familiar with Dengue Fever, so I consulted Wikipedia. It’s an infectious tropical disease that’s transmitted by mosquitoes. In all likelihood, Rory picked it up on his recent swing through Asia. Symptoms can include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains and a skin rash that’s similar to measles.
Apparently, Luke Donald has nothing to do with it, but if you’re playing with Dengue Fever, the top-ten, money-hoarding consistency of The Donald can only make you feel worse.
Doctors have ordered the World No. 2 golfer to put away his sticks and get some rest. McIlroy finished 11th at the Dubai World Championship, which was won by Spaniard Alvaro Quiros. World No. 1 Donald finished solo third to capture the European Tour money title, becoming the first player to win both the PGA and European Tour money titles in the same season.
“Luke deserves it,” McIlroy said. “Basically every time he’s teed it up he’s had a chance or he’s finished in the top five or top 10. Mentally you have to be so good just to keep grinding out the scores when you need to.
“But I’ve made great progress this year—with my game, with my results, with everything. I feel like I’m swinging the club as good as I ever have and I feel like my body is as strong as it’s ever been.”
−The Armchair Golfer
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