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McIlroy suffering mental and phyiscal fatigue

Although leading at the UBS Hong Kong Open after the second round, US Open Champion Rory McIlroy is not having an easy time as the season draws to a close.

"I'm mentally and physically fatigued and it showed in a couple of tired swings toward the end," he said. "But I don't think the season was long, I made the season long for myself. It was not as if I was obligated to play."

The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland has had a whirlwind two months, playing in a number of lucrative unsanctioned events, including the Shanghai Masters where he won golf's biggest purse of $2m.

McIlroy also figured in a week-long trip across China where he played 18 holes spread across seven cities that was sponsored by a Hong Kong businessman's property company.

"The last 10 weeks has been long. It has been an experience, something I can learn from in the future," McIlroy said. "It is all a matter of rest.”

Although sometimes even rest doesn’t work out as planned.

I had two weeks off in the Maldives inbetween the HSBC Champions in Shanghai and the World Cup [in Hainan last week] but I got sick during this time and I was on the drip for three days."

McIlroy is currently tied in Hong Kong with Spain’s Alvaro Quiros, with the front-runners on seven under par.

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