Rory McIlroy says rib injury is fine, but reveals heart irregularity issue

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2018

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

Rory McIlroy has endured a variety of injuries over the years - from a severely sprained ankle that caused him to miss the 2015 British Open to a rib injury that knocked him off kilter for much of 2017. "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".

The four-time Major victor added: "It's nice to be world number one, sure, and I will get back there, but it's all about winning tournaments".

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".

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

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"The rib's fine, no problems whatsoever - I had an MRI scan on my thoracic spine and all was okay", said McIlroy to the Telegraph. "Hey, I was planning on doing that anyway", he said.

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.

But the former world number one is also suffering from a heart issue, that was diagnosed during a pre-season check-up.

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

"And I will give myself the best chances this season". "I need to get back on that track and this year my goals are to add to my major tally and get back to World No. 1, winning more times than anyone else".

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