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'Not that big of a deal': Rory McIlroy addresses heart condition coverage

Rory McIlroy has responded to the "big reaction" created by his admission he has a heart condition.

In an in-depth interview in the Daily Telegraph, McIlroy said he had "a bit of an irregularity" with his heart and required regular scans.

The interview was covered widely across other media, prompting the Northern Irish golfer to issue a response through his Instragram account.

In a post on Saturday morning, McIlroy said: "Yesterday [Friday], I did an interview with the Daily Telegraph where I spoke about a range of topics regarding the last 3 months of my life. I touched upon a recent finding from a routine health and wellness check. Like anything, the deeper you dig the more likely you are to find something.

"It revealed I had a slight heartbeat irregularity called a flat or inverted T wave. It's really not that big of a deal and nothing to worry about, apart from getting an annual check up, like you should do anyway. I feel there's been a big reaction to it in the media which there really shouldn't be.

"I'm fit and healthy and can't wait to get my 2018 season started in Aby Dhabi next week."

In the original interview with the Daily Telegraph, McIlroy said he had been told the condition was the result of a viral infection he had suffered in China a year and a half ago, which had caused a thickening of his left ventricle.

McIlroy is set to return to action next week in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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