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

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McIlroy has an irregularity with his heart after the Northern Irishman picked up an infection in China Credit Getty Images

"I have a flat T-wave and I'll have to get an echo [cardiogram] on my heart every six months and MRI scan every year".

Rory McIlroy has revealed that he has an irregularity with his heart that he has "to keep on top of". "Hey, I was planning on doing that anyway". Any one of them.

McIlroy will tee-up next Thursday in the UAE capital without a victory in 2017 and not having tasted success since capturing the PGA Tour's season-ending 2016 Tour Championship and the week prior the Hazeltine Ryder Cup.

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".

The 28-year-old Northern Irishman failed to win an event in 2017.

"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", he told the Telegraph.

Then, after taking a break to get married in April, McIlroy said he overdid it in his preparation for the Players Championship, the injury flaring again. "Let's just say that between now and when I signed off a year ago, I feel way more optimistic, focused, motivated, purposeful. I knew within myself that I couldn't compete at the end of last season because I hadn't done the work beforehand, and that's because I hadn't been fit enough and if you can't practice, you can't compete".

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and and event he is yet to win after previously finishing runner-up, will be the first of eight events for the Florida-based McIlroy leading up to April's Masters at Augusta National.

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