Rory McIlroy to trim 2013 tour schedule

Rory McIlroy intends trimming his 2013 playing schedule despite the tired-looking world number one being handed a golf lesson by Tiger Woods in their much-anticipated Turkish Airlines World Golf showdown.

The event billed as ‘Tiger –v- Rory’ turned into a box office flop with Woods advancing to the semi-final by winning by six shots over his newest rival.

Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy (Credit: Anthony Powter)

McIlroy’s reward for the week, on top of a reputed $1m appearance fee, was $300,000.

The 23-year old had spend the afternoon by the hotel pool and no doubt wondering, that despite the hype of a new world golf rivalry, just how far he is still behind Woods.

“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,” said McIlroy.

“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’s appearance in Turkey was his 21st tournament this year. He’s played just three regular European Tour events with eight other Race to Dubai events, the four Majors and four WGCs, also counting on the PGA Tour.

On the PGA Tour itself, McIlroy has competed in nine other regular season events and winning four, while he was on the winning Ryder Cup team.

However as he headed off for an afternoon with girlfriend Caroline Wozinacki lazing by the Kempinski Hotel pool, he’s already planning to drop two to three events in 2013.

“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.

“It’s nothing to do with playing both Tours, as I feel as though I’ve paced myself well this year. I didn’t play too much at the start of the year and I added Memphis because I felt I wasn’t playing that well, at the time.

“It was busy stretch starting with the British Open up to and including the Ryder Cup, but then I don’t feel it’s taken that much out of me.”

Depending on whether he is issued with a visa, McIlroy will travel to Moscow next week to support Wozinacki competing in the Kremlin Cup before returning to end his fifth full season in the pro ranks with four Race to Dubai events.

McIlroy’s also facing Woods on 29th October in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, a 10-million populated city about a 90-minute flight from Shanghai.

However the level of intensity he witnessed in Woods is lacking in his own game and this despite the opportunity ahead to follow Luke Donald and finish the year Number One in both Europe and on the PGA Tour.

“I basically drew a line for me season after the Ryder Cup,” he said.

“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.”

However unlike Donald, McIlroy indicated he would not add a PGA Tour event if threatened by Woods, who is lying in second place on the money list and $1,914,799 adrift of McIlroy.

Also McIlroy had confirmed he will return to Turkey in 13 month’s time for the inaugural $7m Turkish Open and the penultimate event on the 2013 Race to Dubai schedule.