7 Dec 2011

Mcilroy ailing before European tour finale

1:07 pm on 7 December 2011

US Open golf champion Rory McIlroy's 'slim hopes' of overhauling world number one Luke Donald and capturing the European Tour season-ending Race to Dubai title are being hampered by a long-standing virus.

The Northern Irishman, who won the Hong Kong Open on Sunday to keep alive his bid to topple money list leader Donald, attended a Dubai hospital for tests on the stomach bug he picked up at the end of October while competing in China.

He won't know the results of the tests until later this week and says he'll try and ease his way through the week.

McIlroy will claim the European Money list for the first time if he wins this week's $10 million Dubai World Championship and Donald finishes in a tie for ninth with at least two players.