As Rory McIlroy prepares to return to competition in Abu Dhabi next week after a 14-week break intended to help a nagging rib injury fully heal, he revealed in an interview The Telegraph published Friday that he has what he called a heart irregularity.
“I have a flat T-wave and I’ll have to get an (echocardiogram) on my heart every six months and an MRI scan every year,” he said in the interview. “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.”
In an Instagram post Friday night, McIlroy downplayed the diagnosis, adding that he is “fit and healthy and can’t wait to get my 2018 season started in Abu Dhabi next week.”
The European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship starts next Thursday at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. In addition to McIlroy, the field’s big names include world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar.