Ill Rory's gut feeling: I should have had the eel
Rory McIlroy may have scored some culinary points in a pre-tournament cook-off, but things took a turn for the worse when the golfing star fell ill after munching on a chicken sandwich.
After beating Charl Schwartzel in a Gourmet Golf Challenge to launch the Turkish Airlines Open last Wednesday, Rory took to social media to reveal he had a poorly stomach after eating a dodgy dish.
It appeared that a recent chicken meal had left him feeling under the weather hours after the former world number one finished in sixth place at the Turkish Airlines Open. He had started the last day just a shot off the lead.
The golfing star, who is in China ahead of the WGC-HSBC Champions this weekend, explained on Twitter and Facebook that he was feeling unwell and used two 'emoji' icons to express just how queasy he was - with one symbol indicating he had spent some time on the loo.
He also shared a picture of a lunch menu and suggested the culprit was a club sandwich with chicken, tomato, fried egg and lettuce.
Below the picture he wrote: "Who would have thought the eel would be the safer bet?
"Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow."
Rory also revealed his high hopes for the upcoming tournament.
"It's always disappointing whenever you have a chance to win and you don't play well enough to do that," the 26-year-old said. "But I'm still playing two more events this year and I feel like my game is good enough to give myself two opportunities to win again."
Last week McIlroy and Schwartzel were given just 10 minutes to whip up the best dish from a selection of ingredients. The Holywood man emerged the winner with a Mediterranean chicken dish.