Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

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

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

But a heart irregularity he revealed publicly for the first time this week might be the most troubling of the bunch.

"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", McIlroy told Corrigan.

The Irish golfer traced the condition back to a bad viral infection he had 18 months ago in China, leading to some scar tissue and the thickening of his left ventricle.

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", McIlroy said.

That doesn't sound great, obviously, but it also doesn't sound like it will affect his swing like the rib injury did a year ago. The Northern Irishman will begin his 2018 season at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, starting January 15, where he is a four-time runner-up.


McIlroy is coming off a tough year in which he dropped from No. 2 in the world to No. 11 and failed to win. He insisted that he's recharged and ready to rock in 2018.

"I don't care about the world rankings", McIlroy said.

The 28-year-old from Northern Ireland, lacking only a victory at the Masters to complete a career Grand Slam, has bought the former home of South African four-time major victor Ernie Els at the nearby Bear's Club. I don't feel I need to compare myself to anyone else, because I know what I can do.

He added, "I still feel that on my day, if I'm on my roll, and especially if I'm playing with them".

It's been three years since McIlroy's double major-winning season in 2014, when he claimed both the British Open and the PGA Championship, and he is confident he can return to his winning ways.

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