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Virus could upset US Open champ's plans
US Open champion Rory McIlroy is suffering from a virus that could wreck havoc with his season finale plans in the build up to the closing tournament in Dubai, BBC Sport reveals.

Coming into the event in the Middle East, McIlroy is the only player with a shot at preventing World No1 Luke Donald from winning an historic money title double.

After having topped the PGA money list this season, Donald currently leads the European Tour but if he finishes outside of the top nine and McIlroy triumphs he would then miss out.
Donald’s chances would have increased still further with the news of McIlroy’s ailment.

"I visited the doctor yesterday," McIlroy said. "I won't get the results back until later in the week."

The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland picked up the virus on a recent holiday to the Maldives.

The illness has drained his energy as he looks to win what is now a two-man race for the earnings title.

"My white blood-cell count was very low after the Maldives and Dubai when I had a couple of weeks off. So we want to see if the blood counts have gone back up again."

McIlroy appeared exhausted when he spoke to reporters ahead of playing in Tuesday's pro-am event on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

"I'm not energy-wise where I want to be," he said. "I'll probably take off another day tomorrow and really try to conserve my energy and focus that all into the four tournament days.

"I'm not 100%, but I'm still able to go out and play 18 holes and try to give it my all."

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