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Rory McIlroy reveals he has a heart condition as the four-time major champion insists he wants to be more 'purposeful' after ten years as a pro

  • Golfer Rory McIlroy has revealed that he suffers from a heart condition 
  • Northern Ireland's McIlroy struggled for most of last year with a rib injury  
  • The four-time major champion says he is ready to make a big impact in 2018  

Rory McIlroy has revealed he is suffering from a heart condition as he eyes a successful year on the course in 2018.

McIlroy struggled for a large chunk of last year with a rib injury but the four-time major champion has also been contending with a much more serious issue.

'The rib's fine, no problems whatsoever – I had an MRI scan on my thoracic spine and all was OK,' he told The Telegraph. 

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

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

'But I've got a bit of an irregularity with my heart that I have to keep on top of. 

'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.'

McIlroy struggled for most of last year with a rib injury that prevented him from playing

McIlroy struggled for most of last year with a rib injury that prevented him from playing

The Northern Irishman also wants to recapture the form that led him to become world No 1.

McIlroy will play in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship next week as he attempts to start this year with a win.

He added: 'It's been 10 years that I've been a pro and to me that's incredible. In January 2008, I was right here in Dubai, getting ready for my first full season on the European Tour, playing Abu Dhabi the next week, as I am now, and that's taken its toll. 

'I needed the reset that I've just had. Let's just say that between now and when I signed off last year, I feel way more optimistic, focused, motivated, purposeful. I know exactly what I can do.'  

He will play in the HSBC Championship next week as he attempts to recapture his form

He will play in the HSBC Championship next week as he attempts to recapture his form

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