Rory McIlroy has been advised by doctors to increase his daily salt intake after the gifted Holywood teenager felt light-headed and briefly passed out during a recent gym session.
McIlroy, who vaulted to dizzying heights in the world rankings with his recent victory at the Dubai Desert Classic, was given a clean bill of health this week by medics at a clinic in Leeds.
"I had a blood test and heart test done as I have the odd faint on occasion but it was just a lack of salt, so I need to up my intake a little," McIlroy said.
The youngster had been working out in the gym a few weeks ago when he got light-headed and passed out for two seconds, his father, Gerry, explained.
"He went to our doctor, who checked him out and sent his blood away," said McIlroy Senior. "Then Chubby (Chandler, McIlroy’s manager) says ’Rory, I’ve a guy over here who looks after all our players and I want you to have a full medical’.
"The doctor told him he was a bit low in salt. You see, Rory never takes salt on anything.
“He said the best thing to do was to mix up a drink and have it every day."