Lincoln golfer Rob Harris Harris vows to get over debilitating illness
Rob Harris is determined not to let a debilitating illness overshadow a promising season on the golf course as he targets success next year.
The Lincoln golfer is recovering from vestibular neuritis, a virus which attacks the inner ear and brain and affects balance and vision.
The exact cause of the illness is unknown, but after seemingly being on the mend, the 26-year-old suffered a relapse and collapsed at the first stage of European Tour School at Wychwood Park last week.
But that has not deterred him from venturing to Woburn this week for the 888poker.com Tour Championship.
And Harris is hoping to continue the outstanding form he showed before he was struck down by the virus in September.
"It's been a testing time because it's such a nasty illness and it's wiped me out completely," he said.
"I had a relapse during a competition in Spain last week when I collapsed on the first hole, but the doctors warned me that could happen.
"But I felt well enough to go to Woburn this week and I want to try and finish the year with a bang.
"The virus interrupted a good spell for me and I've been very happy with the golf I have played.
"I am determined not to let what has happened affect the golf I was playing beforehand and it has given me fresh impetus for next year.
"In the meantime, even though I'm not feeling the best, we'll see what happens at Woburn this week.
"I want to give a good account of myself and get back to the form I have shown throughout the year."
Harris said being finally able to concentrate on golf was a relief after admitting the virus had given him major cause for concern.
He had to undergo CT scans to ensure there was no tumour. They came back all clear.
Harris, who produced excellent displays in the 1836 Golf Tour and the PGA Europro Tour, revealed it was a particularly nervy time.
And doctors have now told him that it could take up to four months to fully recover.
"When I was first struck down with it, I lost the vision in my left eye which, as you can imagine as a golfer, is very important as well as balance," said Harris, whose stroke average is 70.4 per cent.
"I had to undergo tests at hospital to ensure that it wasn't anything sinister which as you can imagine, that was a very tense time.
"Thankfully it was not and it turned out to be this virus.
"The doctors have told me it can take four months to fully recover but during that time you can relapse which is what happened in Spain.
"Even at the age of 26, I've had my fair share of drama like being in a car crash in the first year I turned pro.
"Hopefully, I'll have more fortune next year."