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Rory McIlroy To Trim Schedule Next Year


Steve Mitchell-US Presswire


Rory McIlroy, the world’s top golfer this year, says he is considering playing fewer worldwide tournaments during the 2013 season.

The Northern Irishman said he plans to play a maximum of 23 tournaments in order to focus on the major events toward the end of the regular season. However, he did not state which tournaments he would cut out of next year’s schedule. This season, he has played in 22 events, which includes the win in the Ryder Cup.

He told ESPN UK that it has “been a great season and I am ready to be done. It is just such a long season these days. But then I feel I have got an obligation to play some of these big events leading up to Dubai.”

“However,” he added, “I won’t find it tough to get myself up for my last events as I want to especially win the Race to Dubai after coming close a few times.”

McIlroy has the top spot in world rankings, followed by Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Justin Rose. Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner complete the top ten. McIlroy has earned $8,047,952 on the PGA Tour this year. Tiger Woods has made $6,133,158.

McIlroy won The Honda Classic last March. He was also on a roll in August and September, with first-place finishes at the PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship.

Cutting his schedule may be to focus on the major tournaments, but it also may include spending more time with his girlfriend, tennis pro Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (pictured with McIlroy), who at one time held the top spot on the WTA Tour.