Rory to take a break for rest ahead of 2012 kick-off in Abu Dhabi
RORY McIlroy is taking a break for exhaustion and has pulled out of this week's event in Thailand on doctor's advice.
The 22-year-old golfer will stay in Dubai for a few days' rest before flying home.
He has been suffering from a virus and was even told it might be Dengue fever.
He will now have over four weeks off and won’t be playing golf again until the Abu Dhabi Championship on 20-23 January.
He finished 11th in the Dubai World Championship yesterday which was won by Luke Donald.
"I think this week was one too many," he said, referring to a hectic recent schedule that has seen him make three trips to Asia and one to Bermuda.
"But Luke deserves it. Basically every time he's teed it up he's had a chance or he's finished in the top five or top 10. Mentally you have to be so good just to keep grinding out the scores when you need to.
"But I've made great progress this year - with my game, with my results, with everything. I feel like I'm swinging the club as good as I ever have and I feel like my body is as strong as it's ever been.
"I've won my first major (by eight shots with a record score and at a younger age than any US Open winner since Bobby Jones in 1933) and my goals are just to win tournaments and try to become a multiple-major champion."