Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Rory McIlroy tells Telegraph of heart irregularity after China virus scare

Rory McIlroy tells Telegraph of heart irregularity after China virus scare

Former FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy has revealed he has a heart irregularity that he must monitor throughout his career.

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

In an interview with British newspaper The Telegraph on Friday, the 28-year-old McIlroy revealed he had contracted a virus in China that, according to tests, has affected his heart.

"I suffered a really bad viral infection in China 18 months ago", McIlroy said.

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.

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

"I feel there's been a big reaction to it in the media which there really shouldn't be.

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I'm not hung up on it", he said. I don't fear any of them. "And I will give myself the best chances this season". I've beaten them before.

McIlroy, who has slipped to 11th in the world rankings, last appeared at the Dunhill Links Championship in October and will make his return to competition at next week's Abu Dhabi Championship. "Everyone knows I haven't won one in the last three years and that is a worry, yeah".

"I know that I'm on track to where I want to be".

Despite starting the year outside the top 10, McIlroy told the Telegraph that he's ready to compete.

"I don't care about the world rankings as I think about number of wins, the ability of the players against me, the number of majors the others have".

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.

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