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McIlroy pulls out of tournament with dengue fever
Rory McIlroy says he is pulling out of next week's Thailand Golf Championship as he continues to recover from the lingering effects of dengue fever.

Going into the weekend's Dubai World Championship, the US Open champion had been the only player capable of hauling back World No1 Luke Donald and preventing him from a historic first of winning the money title from both sides of the Atlantic.

However, McIlroy showed signs of fatigue and could only muster an 11th place finish at the tournament as Donald completed his double.

He said Saturday he felt exhausted and that blood tests have shown his white blood cell count remains low.

"I can't wait to have a few weeks off," said the 22-year-old. "The doctor told me that no matter how bad I'm feeling now I'd be even worse if I played next week."

The U.S. Open champion believes he picked up a ''mild case of dengue fever'' when he was playing tournaments in South Korea and China.

McIlroy said he won't play again until next month's European Tour event in Abu Dhabi, and will remain in Dubai for the next few days to rest.

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