Mystery virus hits Lowry’s Dubai bid

Shane Lowry became the fourth golfer to withdraw from this year’s DP World Tour Championship on Thursday morning with a mystery virus, whittling the field down to 56.

By (Alex Leach)

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Published: Fri 23 Nov 2012, 11:35 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:04 PM

Having missed Tuesday’s Pro-Am event, the 25-year-old Irishman – a winner at last month’s Portugal Masters – pulled out of the European Tour’s season-ending event to leave Australian Marcus Fraser all alone in the 18th ‘pairing.’

England’s Richard Finch also kicked off the all-star showpiece at 7:52am on his own following the earlier withdrawals of Dane Thomas Bjorn, Brit Ross Fisher and South African Retief Goosen.

Fisher has elected to focus his efforts on the PGA Qualifying School in California next week, while Bjorn and Goosen are nursing injuries.

“I am gutted to have been forced to withdraw from the tournament,” Lowry admitted. “It is such a big week and a great event, but – given the way I feel right now – there is just no way I could have played golf today. I honestly couldn’t even stand up on the tee, never mind play 18 holes.

“I picked up a virus at the start of the week, which then led to me becoming very sick and dehydrated. I went to the hospital yesterday (Wednesday), where they put on a drip. That actually helped, but – when I came off the drip and left the hospital – I became sick again and haven’t been able to keep rehydrating to keep the recovery going overnight.

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