Saturday, January 13, 2018

Rory McIlroy reveals heart 'irregularity' 

Rory McIlroy has endured a variety of injuries over the years -- from a 
severely sprained ankle that caused him to miss the 2015 Open to a rib injury 
that knocked him off kilter for much of 2017. But a heart irregularity he 
revealed publicly for the first time this week might be the most troubling of 
the bunch.
McIlroy insists it's not incredibly serious or threatening, but it's certainly there.
"I've got a bit of an irregularity with my heart that I have to keep on top of,"
 McIlroy told the Telegraph. "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. 
I suffered a really bad viral infection in China 18 months ago and they told me
 that's the reason that I have this thickening of my left ventricle and there's a 
bit of scar tissue. For now, I just need to stay on top of it and have to stay fit.
 Hey, I was planning on doing that anyway."
That doesn't sound great, obviously, but it also doesn't sound like it will affect 
his swing like the rib injury did last year. 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.
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 last year. He insisted 
that he's recharged and ready to rock in 2018.
He'll have plenty of opportunities, too, as he's planning to play early and often
 on the US PGA Tour. This will include tournaments that he normally doesn't
 play like the AT and T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Valspar Championship in
 the lead up to the Masters.



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