Rory won’t lose sleep over heart trou­bles

McIl­roy fo­cussed on re­gain­ing touch

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Golf su­per­star Rory McIl­roy says a heart de­fect will not pre­vent him from chal­leng­ing again to be world num­ber one and add to his tally of four ma­jors.

The 28-year-old Northern Ir­ish­man, who be­gins his year in Abu Dhabi next week ranked 11 in the world, told The Daily Tele­graph he doesn’t lose too much sleep over it.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Later on, McIl­roy in­sists it is not a cause for ma­jor con­cern.

He posted on In­sta­gram: “Yes­ter­day I did an in­ter­view where I spoke about a range of top­ics re­gard­ing the last three months of my life.

“I touched upon a re­cent find­ing from a rou­tine health and well­ness check.

“Like any­thing, the deeper you dig the more likely you are to find some­thing. It re­vealed I had a slight heart­beat ir­reg­u­lar­ity.

“It’s re­ally not that big of a deal and noth­ing to worry about, apart from get­ting an an­nual check up, like you should do any­way.

“I’m fit and healthy and can’t wait to get my 2018 sea­son started in Abu Dhabi next week.”

McIl­roy ended last year early due to a rib prob­lem, but that is no longer an is­sue. “The rib’s fine, no prob­lems what­so­ever,” he said. “I had an MRI scan on my tho­racic spine and all was OK.”

McIl­roy, whose mar­riage last year to Erica was a high point while on the course he failed to win a tour­na­ment, ac­cepts he has to re­gain his touch on the cir­cuit.

“I won four ma­jors from 2011 to 2014 and ev­ery­one was say­ing ‘that’s Tiger pace’,” said McIl­roy.

“I re­alise ev­ery­one knows I haven’t won one in the last three years and that is a worry, yeah.

“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 num­ber one, win­ning more times than any­one else.

“It’s sim­ple, there are no ex­cuses with my game or my pri­vate life. I’ve had the best time of my life in the last few months,” added McIl­roy, who spent his hon­ey­moon with Erica on a road trip through Italy.

McIl­roy be­lieves he has the men­tal strength now to take on all com­ers and not to freeze.

“I still feel that on my day, if I’m on my roll, and es­pe­cially if I’m play­ing with them... I just crave to be in that po­si­tion again,” he said.

“That hasn’t al­ways been the case with me. The first three years with my ca­reer I strug­gled when it came to that head-to-head stuff down the stretch, with the big guys, but now I ac­tu­ally think it’s when I am at my best.”

“It’s re­ally not that big of a deal and noth­ing to worry about” – McIl­roy

Time to play: McIl­roy is set to play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

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