McIlroy set to increase workload next season

It’s hard to believe, but Northern Irish star Rory McIlroy is already looking over his shoulder.

At the ripe old age of 28, McIlroy has declared he will play more golf than ever next season as he strives to hold off a younger brigade that are already closing the gap on the former world No 1.

Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The four-time major champion has decreed he wants to make up for some missed opportunities and with the rib injury that held him back earlier this year now behind him, he’s ready to get stuck right into his golf now.

In fact he will play more events than he has played in the previous eight years.

“I think the Ryder Cup [next year] is going to be my 26th event of the year,” he said.

“I’m looking at playing more events next year than I’ve done since my rookie year. I think I played 28 or 29 in 2008. It’s probably going to be something similar next year.”

“I feel like I’ve missed it this year. I’ve got a wife that loves to travel. We don’t have kids yet. It’s perfect.”

“I want to play and I want to play a lot. The more I play, the more chances I give myself to win.”

“So I want to take advantage of that while I can.”

It has already been discussed how McIlroy plans to work even harder on his fitness during his ‘off-season’ to further improve his performance levels.

“I’m going to go to Manchester on the 19th, 20th of October to do some testing,” he said.

“Basically it will just be a full health check-up: get blood done, get some food allergy testing done.

“There’s been a couple of things this year where I just haven’t felt I quite had the energy levels.”

McIlroy even admits that age is a factor in his drive to succeed in 2018.

“I’m not getting any younger,” he said. “It’s not as if I’m an old man, but you look at the guys coming up behind me.

“I want to do everything I can to leave no stone unturned and be able to just make sure I feel as prepared as I possibly can be going into every event.

“These three months could give me the foundation to have the next 10 years be even better than the 10 years I’ve just had.”