McIlroy laid low by food poisoning

Wed Nov 4, 2015 12:36am EST
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Rory McIlory's preparations for this week's WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai have been heavily disrupted by a bout of food poisoning which has kept the Northern Irishman from the course.

The world number three missed a promotional event on Tuesday and withdrew from Wednesday's pro-am competition after being unable to hit balls on the practice range.

"I’m not feeling great to be honest," McIlroy said. "I had something (to eat) a couple of nights ago and yesterday wasn’t good at all.

"I thought I would be better this morning, but I had a piece of toast and a couple of bits of melon for breakfast and I came here and tried to hit some balls, but even just making a couple of swings my stomach was too sore.

"I just need another day of rest and hopefully I will be better tomorrow and I can play.

"I was up from about 1am to 4am last night. The night before it didn’t start until about 4am, so it hasn’t been great."

McIlroy, who finished tied sixth at the Turkish Airlines Open last week, said he had been given antibiotics and painkillers for the abdominal pain.

The four-times major winner is scheduled to begin his opening round at 1045 AM local time (0245 GMT) on Thursday with American duo Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler at the $8.5 million event.

"I was thinking of trying to play nine holes, but that would probably do me more harm than good. It would be nice to see the golf course before tomorrow, but I’ve played it a few times," the 26-year-old said.   Continued...

Sep 27, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Rory McIlroy chips onto the second green during the final round of the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports