Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Rory McIlroy reveals he has a heart irregularity

Rory McIlroy reveals he has a heart irregularity

He says doctors told him it was caused by a viral infection he suffered in China 18 months ago.

"I have a flat T-wave and I'll have to get an echo [cardiogram] on my heart every six months and MRI scan every year". "I'm fit and healthy and can't wait to get my 2018 season started in Abu Dhabi next week".

He didn't sound overly concerned about the condition, describing it as an "irregularity" that he needs to "stay on top of".

McIlroy said in an interview with The Telegraph that he has a thickening of the left ventricle.

"The rib's fine, no problems whatsoever - I had an MRI scan on my thoracic spine and all was OK", McIlroy said, after returning from yet another sun-lit practice session. "Hey, I was planning on doing that anyway", he said. "I just crave to be in that position again".

McIlroy is coming off a tough year in which he dropped from No. 2 in the world to No. 11 and failed to win.

McIlroy will tee-up next Thursday in the UAE capital without a victory in 2017 and not having tasted success since capturing the PGA Tour's season-ending 2016 Tour Championship and the week prior the Hazeltine Ryder Cup.

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McIlroy discussed the diagnosis in an interview with Daily Telegraph. McIlroy skipped four scheduled starts and didn't return until March.

He regretted trying to play through injury at the U.S. Open and said he needed more time to recharge.

It is what will be driving the four-time Major victor when he kick starts his 11th season in the pay-for-pay ranks.

The former world number one has indicated that he will compete in at least seven tournaments before heading to Augusta in April.

"Mentally more than physically probably".

McIlroy is part of a strong field for the European Tour's Abu Dhabi Championship, where he will begin his preparations for the Masters, the only major he needs to win to complete a career grand slam.

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