Rory McIlroy reveals he has a heart irregularity

Rory McIlroy reveals he has a heart irregularity

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.

The 28-year-old from Northern Ireland, lacking only a victory at the Masters to complete a career Grand Slam, has bought the former home of South African four-time major victor Ernie Els at the nearby Bear's Club.

"I've got a bit of an irregularity with my heart that I have to keep on top of", McIlroy told the Telegraph.

As far as the heart condition, McIlroy said he will have to undergo an echocardiogram every six months and an MRI annually. For now, I just need to stay on top of it and have to stay fit. "Hey, I was planning on doing that anyway", he said.

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'I needed the reset that I've just had.

In a year where he battled rib and back injuries, McIlroy said that the only current issue with his body was a heartbeat irregularity, a flat T-wave that he would have to check regularly throughout the year.

"It's nice to be world No. 1, sure, and I will get back there, but it's all about winning tournaments", he added. "I know exactly what I can do". "I knew within myself that I couldn't compete at the end of last season because I hadn't done the work beforehand, and that's because I hadn't been fit enough and if you can't practice, you can't compete". "I'm not hung up on it". He plans to play eight events before the Masters, his most ambitious schedule ahead of Augusta National in the 10 years he's been eligible.

"I touched upon a recent finding from a routine health and wellness check". McIlroy explained that he is fully recovered from that and excited about teeing it up next week at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship to kick off his 2018 season.

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