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

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

"The rib's fine, no problems whatsoever - I had an MRI scan on my thoracic spine and all was okay", he said.

As he prepares to return to action after being sidelined nearly four months by a rib injury, Rory McIlroy has another health issue to monitor: a heart irregularity. "I needed the reset that I've just had".

While he has slipped outside the top 10 in the rankings, McIlroy said his focus was purely on winning. The 28-year-old revealed the medical issue to the U.K. Telegraph on Friday in a new interview ahead of his return to golf at the Abu Dhabi Championship next week. "Hey, I was planning on doing that anyway". I've beaten them before.

The four-time Major victor says that it is probably the result of a viral infection that he picked up in 2016.

The closest he went to success in season 2017 was finishing runner-up to fellow Irishman Paul Dunne at the British Masters while earlier in the year he lost a play-off, and revealing his rib injury for a first occasion, at the BMW SA Open and being staged again this week in South Africa.

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

"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 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". "Let's just say that between now and when I signed off a year ago, I feel way more optimistic, focused, motivated, purposeful".

The 2016 FedExCup champion will get a chance to test the strength of his heart with plans to play possibly six times in seven weeks on the PGA TOUR once he returns.

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