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McIlroy to reduce 2013 schedule

ESPN staff
October 15, 2012

Rory McIlroy plans to reduce his tournament schedule in 2013, admitting he needs to rediscover his edge as the season enters the final straight.

The 23-year-old is still on course to match Luke Donald's twin victories on the European and PGA Tour money lists in 2011, but the manner of his exit from the World Golf Final in Turkey, sealed by a comprehensive six-shot defeat to Tiger Woods, suggests the feat is no foregone conclusion.

McIlroy admitted that the difference in Woods' level of play at the event and his own shows just how far he has to go to truly emulate the American.

"I have never said 'Good shot!' as much as I do when I am playing with Tiger as he is solid from tee-to-green and while he didn't hole that many putts, he still shot seven-under," McIlroy was quoted as saying by Exegolf.

"I've said it all year that he's there and he's playing so well and he's going to continue to win tournaments, and he's going to contend in the majors.

"But the level of intensity he displays is impressive as he can just turn it on. It's something that I struggle to do sometimes."

McIlroy has played 21 tournaments so far in 2012, as well as playing in Europe's Ryder Cup victory at Medinah. With four Race to Dubai events remaining and another showdown with Woods in China at the end of October, the Northern Irishman is likely to end the year having played the equivalent of one tournament every other week.

Add to that the demands of keeping in touch with girlfriend and former tennis world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, who he plans to watch in Moscow when she plays in the Kremlin Cup, and McIlroy is aware something has to give.

"I would just love to cut my schedule back even further and I think next year I will cut it down again to a max play of 22 or 23," McIlroy continued.

"I still have got some big events left and I would love to win the Race to Dubai and repeat what Luke did also winning the money list on the PGA Tour, so I am going to give it one last push.

"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 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."

World rankings: 1. Rory McIlroy (NIR), 2. Tiger Woods (USA), 3. Luke Donald (ENG), 4. Lee Westwood (ENG), 5. Justin Rose (ENG), 6. Adam Scott (AUS) 7. Bubba Watson (USA), 8. Webb Simpson (USA), 9. Brandt Snedeker (USA), 10. Jason Dufner (USA), 11. Steve Stricker (USA), 12. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), 13. Dustin Johnson (USA), 14. Keegan Bradley (USA), 15. Matt Kuchar (USA), 16. Phil Mickelson (USA), 17. Zach Johnson (USA), 18. Graeme McDowell (NIR), 19. Sergio Garcia (ESP), 20. Hunter Mahan (USA)

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