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Rory McIlroy reveals heart irregularity he has 'to keep on top of'

Rory McIlroy reveals heart irregularity he has 'to keep on top of'”

Speaking with the Telegraph's James Corrigan, the four-time major victor revealed that doctors discovered an irregularity with his heart.

The 28-year-old endured an injury-plagued 2017 season and said in September he would subject himself to "basically a full health MOT type of thing". "I had an MRI scan on my thoracic spine and all was OK".

He says he'll get an electrocardiogram every six months and an MRI once per year.

As he prepares to return to competitive golf at the Abu Dhabi Championship next week, McIlroy revealed in in a wide-ranging interview with the Telegraph that a year and a half ago he suffered a viral infection in China, which left scar tissue and caused a thickening of his heart's left ventricle.

He didn't sound overly concerned about the condition, describing it as an "irregularity" that he needs to "stay on top of". Hey, I was planning on doing that anyway, " McIlroy said.

The 13-time PGA TOUR victor and four-time major victor made the stunning admission in an interview with The Telegraph. I just don't feel that now.

"It's nice to be world No. 1, sure, and I will get back there, but it's all about winning tournaments", he told Corrigan.

The Northern Irishman finished 2017 without a win - the first time he had failed to claim a tournament in a calendar year since 2008.

"And I will give myself the best chances this season".

McIlroy has not competed since finishing well down the field in last October's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland and purposely has remained side-lined from formal competition to allow his injury rib to fully heal.



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