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

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

Rory McIlroy has revealed that a recent health check has shown up an "irregularity" with his heart.

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.

"Yesterday, I did an interview with the Daily Telegraph where I spoke about a range of topics regarding the last three months of my life", McIlroy wrote.

Health concerns aside, McIlroy sounded an extremely optimistic tone about once again establishing himself as one of the sport's top contenders, proclaiming: "Maybe before, I had to win from the front. Hey, I was planning on doing that anyway".

That was after winning the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup in 2016 and starting the year with a playoff loss in South Africa. McIlroy skipped four scheduled starts and didn't return until March.

"I shouldn't have played the U.S. Open, " said McIlroy, who missed the cut. "I don't feel I need to compare myself to anyone else, because I know what I can do. Mentally more than physically probably".

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.

A four-time major victor, McIlroy claimed the most recent of those at the 2014 US PGA Championship.

He has a heavy schedule leading up to the Masters, including the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Genesis Open, Honda Classic, Valspar Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational and Dell Technologies Match Play.

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