Rory McIlroy reveals heart 'irregularity' stemming from 2016 virus in China

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Four-time major golf champion Rory McIlroy is selling his spacious Florida waterfront home for $12.9 million (R160 million), according to the PGA Tour.

The current World No 11 arrived back to the UAE last weekend and while his nagging 2017-long rib injury has fully healed he has somewhat shocked the golf world with revelations the 28-year old has a heart concern. For now, I just need to stay on top of it and have to stay fit.

However, it turns out that McIlroy's health issues weren't confined to his ribs.

McIlroy said: "The rib's fine, no problems whatsoever".

"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. Hey, I was planning on doing that anyway", he said. McIlroy explained that he is fully recovered from that and excited about teeing it up next week at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship to kick off his 2018 season. Let's just say that between now and when I signed off past year, I feel way more optimistic, focused, motivated, purposeful.

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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. "I don't care about the world rankings".

The 13-time PGA TOUR victor and four-time major victor made the stunning admission in an interview with The Telegraph.

"Yesterday, I did an interview with the Daily Telegraph where I spoke about a range of topics regarding the last three months of my life", McIlroy wrote. "And I will give myself the best chances this season".

McIlroy missed extensive time last season due to the rib injury and will return from a almost four-month break next week at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

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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