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Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy won four majors from 2011 to 2014
Golf superstar Rory McIlroy says a heart defeat will not prevent him from challenging the world. The 28-year-old Northern Irishman, who begins his year in Abu Dhabi next week 11 in the world, told The Daily Telegraph he does not lose too much sleep over it.
“I have a flat T-wave and I’ll get an echo (cardiogram) on my heart every six months and an MRI scan every year,” he said. “I suffered a really bad viral infection in China 18 months ago and they told me that I have this thickening of my left ventricle and there’s a bit of scar tissue. “For now, I’m planning on doing that anyway.” McIlroy, whose marriage last year to Erica was a high point while on the race he failed to win a tournament. “I won four majors from 2011 to 2014 and everyone was saying that’s ‘tiger pace’,” said McIlroy. “I realize everyone knows I’m not worried, yeah. “I need to get back on this track and this year my goals are to get to my major tally and get back to world number one, winning more times than anyone else. “It’s simple, there are no excuses with my game or my private life,” added McIlroy, who spent his honeymoon with Erica on a road trip through Italy. McIlroy, who recently bought Ernie Els’s South African star house in Florida, believes he has the mental strength. “I still feel that on my day, if I’m on my roll, and especially if I’m playing with them … I just want to be in that position again. “I’ve had a lot of trouble with my career.” “I’m struggling when it comes to head-to-head stuff down the stretch, with the big guys, but now I actually think it’s when I’m at my best. “
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