Rory McIlroy reveals heart condition, but still expects to play

Rory Mc Ilroy with his American wife Erica Stoll whom he married last year

Rory Mc Ilroy with his American wife Erica Stoll whom he married last year

It was during that interview where McIlroy revealed that he developed a heart condition after suffering a viral infection while in China almost a year and a half ago.

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. A bad viral infection he picked up in China 18 months ago caused what McIlroy explained as the thickening of his left ventricle and "nothing to worry about". "I'm fit and healthy and can't wait to get my 2018 season started in Abu Dhabi next week". "Hey, I was planning on doing that anyway", McIlroy said.

Rory McIlroy says the rib that bothered him throughout 2017 is completely fine, but a recent MRI revealed an issue with his heart.

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"Maybe before, I had to win from the front". I don't fear any of them. "I just don't feel that now", he said. I've beaten them before.

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 a year ago.

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.

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It's been three years since McIlroy's double major-winning season in 2014, when he claimed both the British Open and the PGA Championship, and he is confident he can return to his winning ways.

After failing to make it to the Tour Championship, McIlroy played twice more in Europe before shutting it down in early October to regroup.

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