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Rory McIlroy Battling Luke Donald, Dengue Fever

Michael FitzpatrickFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2011

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 09:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the 14th hole during the second round of the Dubai World Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on December 9, 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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We’ve all seen golfer overcome injuries.

We’ve all seen golfers triumph in the face of divorce and personal tragedy.

We’ve all seen golfers overcome jet lag, flus, colds, and even heat stroke to win some of the game’s biggest titles.   

Well, now we might see a golfer overcome Dengue fever to win the Dubai World Championship and claim the European Tour money title.

Yes, you did read that last sentence correctly—Dengue fever.

After suffering from flu-like symptoms for more than a week, doctors believe that Rory McIlory may have contracted the Dengue fever virus while travelling through Asia.

Dengue fever is a virus spread by mosquitos and according to the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia, Dengue fever is most common in tropic and sub-tropic regions including Indonesian, northeastern Australia, South and Central America, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Some parts of the Caribbean.

Symptoms include fevers as high as 104 degrees, headaches, fatigue, joint aches, muscle aches and vomiting.

Although at first glance Dengue fever may sound like the second coming of the plague, it’s not as serious as it sounds.

Dengue fever is not deadly and is typically treated in a manner very similar to the common flu: rest and fluids.

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McIlroy is currently tied for third at the Dubai World Championship, five strokes behind 36-hole leader Alvaro Quiros.

In order to capture the European Tour money title, McIlroy will need to win the Dubai World Challenge and Luke Donald will need to finish worse than ninth.

Donald is currently tied for 12th and eight strokes behind Quiros heading into Round 3.

McIlroy has been quite the world traveller lately. In the past two months alone, McIlroy has been to America, Switzerland, Scotland, Korea, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Although McIlroy’s travels through Asia have led to two big victories in Asia, they have also led to more losses than the young 22-year-old phenom would have liked, most notably the loss of his health and the U.S. Open trophy (which is currently being held by Chinese customs officials).

If McIlroy were to somehow capture the Dubai World Championship and European Tour money title on Sunday, though no known stats are kept on the matter, one would have to assume that he’d be the first golfer to overcome Dengue Fever to claim a big-time title.

An injured wrist, a lost U.S. Open Trophy, Dengue Fever, etc....ahh, the life of a world-travelling 22-year-old golf superstar.

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