Rory McIlroy reveals he suffers from an irregularity with his heart

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Rory McIlroy'Really bad viral infection led to heart issue

"But I've got a bit of an irregularity with my heart that I have to keep on top of".

As for his heart issue, a little thing like the "flat T-wave" that will require him to undergo an echocardiogram every six months and an MRI scan annually, won't stop McIlroy from attempting to accomplish his goals.

In the original interview with the Daily Telegraph, McIlroy said he had been told the condition was the result of a viral infection he had suffered in China a year and a half ago, which had caused a thickening of his left ventricle. I don't feel I need to compare myself to anyone else, because I know what I can do. "Hey, I was planning on doing that anyway".

"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.

As he prepares to kick off his 2018 season in Abu Dhabi on Thursday after a four-month layoff, and then on to Dubai, McIlroy has no worries about his rib.

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The interview gained a lot of traction online and McIlroy took to his Instagram account on Saturday morning to debunk any concerns about his long term health.

"To be honest, I just went through the motions for the last few months past year", McIlroy said.

McIlroy missed extensive time last season due to the rib injury and will return from a almost four-month break next week at the Abu Dhabi Championship. Like anything, the deeper you dig the more likely you are to find something.

"It's nice to be World No. 1 for sure, and I will get back there, but it's all about winning tournaments. I just don't feel that now", he said.

McIlroy will face stiff competition at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship from a field which includes world No 1 Dustin Johnson, Race to Dubai victor - and defending Abu Dhabi champion - Tommy Fleetwood, former British Open champion Henrik Stenson, and Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose.

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