McIlroy's hopes hit by virus

2011-12-07 10:31

Dubai - Rory McIlroy is suffering from the effects of a virus as he seeks to top the European Tour's money list.

McIlroy triumphed at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday to keep alive his hopes of winning the Tour's Race to Dubai.

According to the BBC website, he now needs to win this week's season-ending Dubai World Championship and hope Race leader Luke Donald finishes outside the top nine.

"I visited the doctor yesterday," McIlroy revealed. "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.

"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 is attempting to stop Donald from making history by becoming the first player to win the money lists in America and Europe. Donald has so far amassed £3.3m, while the only man who can catch him has banked £2.6m.

Winning the Dubai World Championship is worth £791 000 and nothing less will do for McIlroy if he is to overhaul the world number one.

Race to Dubai leaders:

1. Luke Donald (ENG) - £3.3m
2. Rory McIlroy (N. IRE) - £2.6m
3. Martin Kaymer (GER) - £2.4m
4. Charl Schwartzel (RSA) - £1.9m
5. Lee Westwood (ENG) - £1.7m