Rory McIlroy reveals heart 'irregularity' stemming from 2016 virus in China

Rory McIlroy reveals heart 'irregularity' stemming from 2016 virus in China

Rory McIlroy reveals heart 'irregularity' stemming from 2016 virus in China

Rory McIlroy said a viral infection 18 months ago led to damage to his heart, the four-time major victor revealed in an interview with a British newspaper published on Friday.

The Northern Ireland golfer will return from four-month layoff from a rib injury when he takes to the field of the Abu Dhabi Championship on Thursday.

McIlroy, 28, who was winless during an injury-plagued season last year, said he will have to undergo an echo cardiogram every six months and then an MRI scan every year.

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The 22-year-old enjoyed his most consistent year on tour in 2017, finishing in the top 20 after solid runs at Masters 1000 events. We chose to play another match". "We did it.

McIlroy said the irregularity stems from a virus he got in 2016.

Turns out Rory McIlroy's injured rib wasn't his only health concern in 2017.

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".

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Despite his loss, Argentinian Del Potro - who was eyeing a 21st ATP crown - is set to return to the top 10 in the rankings.

The four-time major victor cut short his 2017 schedule in order to undergo treatment on a rib injury, which he says has now healed, and news of his latest health setback had led to concerns over his plans for this year.

"For now, I just need to stay on top of it and have to stay fit", McIlroy said. "Hey, I was planning on doing that anyway". 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. Let's just say that between now and when I signed off a year ago, I feel way more optimistic, focused, motivated, purposeful.

McIlroy fell from No. 2 in the Official World Golf Rankings at the beginning of 2017 to No. 11 at the start of 2018 after not winning a year ago. The first three years with my career I struggled when it came to that head-to-head stuff down the stretch, with the big guys, but now I actually think it's when I am at my best.

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After failing to make it to the Tour Championship, McIlroy played twice more in Europe before shutting it down in early October to regroup.

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