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Rory McIlroy says rib injury is fine, but reveals heart irregularity issue

Rory McIlroy says rib injury is fine, but reveals heart irregularity issue

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy stunned the golf world when he revealed he's been dealing with "an irregularity with my heart".

"I have a flat T-wave and I'll have to get an echo (cardiogram) on my heart every six months and an MRI scan every year".

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the world number 11 said the abnormality may be linked to a viral infection he contracted 18 months ago.

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.

McIlroy suffered the rib injury early in the 2017 campaign and admitted to The Telegraph that he shouldn't have played the U.S. Open.

"I don't judge it like that", McIlroy said.

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Doctors told McIlroy the illness he came down in China resulted in the thickening of his left ventricle and he told us "there's a bit of scar tissue".

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.

However, the four-time major victor has since released a statement on Instagram downplaying any health fears.

"The rib's fine, no problems whatsoever - I had an MRI scan on my thoracic spin and all was OK, " McIlroy told the newspaper.

"In January 2008, I was right here in Dubai, getting ready for my first full season on the European Tour, playing Abu Dhabi the next week, as I am now, and that's taken its toll". "I don't care about the world rankings". Let's just say that between now and when I signed off past year, I feel way more optimistic, focused, motivated, purposeful. "Everyone knows I haven't won one in the last three years and that is a worry, yeah". He will make his return at the Abu Dhabi Championship next week.


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