Rory McIlroy tells Telegraph of heart irregularity after China virus scare

Former world No 1 Rory Mc Ilroy has revealed that he is suffering from a heart condition

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've got a bit of an irregularity with my heart that I have to keep on top of", the 28-year-old told The Telegraph.

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".

He says he'll get an electrocardiogram every six months and an MRI once per year.

"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.

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He didn't sound overly concerned about the condition, describing it as an "irregularity" that he needs to "stay on top of". I don't fear any of them.

Except, the health report he delivered was unexpected after the injured rib which plagued his winless season of 2017.

"It's nice to be World No. 1 for sure, and I will get back there, but it's all about winning tournaments".

The Northern Irishman finished 2017 without a win - the first time he had failed to claim a tournament in a calendar year since 2008. "I don't feel I need to compare myself to anyone else, because I know what I can do".

McIlroy, who suffered from a rib injury for most of last season, is slated to return to the PGA TOUR at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February after playing in the Middle East on the European Tour. He will make his 2018 debut next week in Abu Dhabi and plans to play eight events before the Masters, his most ambitious schedule ahead of Augusta National in the 10 years he's been eligible.

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