Rory McIlroy planning to cut schedule in 2013

McIlroy planning to cut schedule
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Rory McIlroy admits that he is likely to lessen the amount of golf that he will play in 2013.

World number one Rory McIlroy has revealed that he will play less golf next year.

The Irishman has featured in 21 tournaments already in 2012, with at least five more planned before the year is out.

"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 told ESPN. "I still have got some big events left and I would love to win the Race to Dubai and repeat what Luke Donald 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."

McIlroy recently failed to go beyond the group stage of the World Golf Finals in Istanbul.

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