McIlroy says heart irregularity 'not that big of a deal'
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Rory McIlroy is downplaying a heart problem he revealed in a recent interview with James Corrigan of the Telegraph.

McIlroy said the heart issue is linked to a viral infection he acquired 18 months ago while in China, which will require an electrocardiogram every six months and an MRI once a year.

The Northern Irishman took to Instagram Saturday morning insisting the ailment isn't a major concern:

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The former world No. 1 will return to competitive golf after a four-month layoff next week at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

McIlroy says heart irregularity 'not that big of a deal'
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