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Michelle Wie virus sparks doubt over Dubai Ladies Masters chances

Organisers are hopeful the American can shake off the illness to compete for a third successive year at Emirates Golf Club.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 02: Michelle Wie of the USA comes up close with a camel on the beach at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa as a preview for the 2012 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on December 2, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** 157445200.jpg
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 02: Michelle Wie of the USA comes up close with a camel on the beach at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa as a preview for the 2012 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on December 2, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** 157445200.jpg

Michelle Wie was a notable absentee from the pre-tournament Challenge Match, the American star having spent the morning in hospital after reportedly contracting a virus.

Wie, 23, was one of the first players to arrive in Dubai when she landed early on Saturday morning, and then on Sunday enjoyed a camel ride at Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa.

However, Wie withdrew from the par-3 competition that traditionally opens the event, although organisers are hopeful she can shake off the illness to compete for a third successive year at Emirates Golf Club.

Wie had tweeted yesterday: "Morning spent in the ER = no fun …"

Alexis Thompson, the defending champion, said: "It would be a big loss. She's a hit at every event, definitely well known here and a lot of people would come out to watch her. But if you're that sick, you can't play and risk getting worse."

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