Rory Mcil­roy looks to lighter 2013 sched­ule

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HONG KONG

Rory McIl­roy has vowed to cut back his com­pet­i­tive sched­ule next year af­ter the dis­ap­point­ment of miss­ing the cut in his de­fense of the Hong Kong Open.

The world's top-ranked golfer four-putted the fi­nal green Fri­day to fin­ish three shots off.

It marks the sec­ond time this year the 23-year old has had to sit out the week­end rounds in the de­fense of a tour­na­ment af­ter also miss­ing the cut in June's U.S. Open at San Fran­cisco. Be­fore leav­ing Hong Kong for Dubai and the sea­son-end­ing World Tour Cham­pi­onship, McIl­roy said he's learnt a fur­ther les­son and will spend the com­ing weeks work­ing out where he'll com­pete in 2013.

''Of course, you're go­ing to miss cuts in your ca­reer, but it's not nice and it's a tough pill to swal­low when you're the de­fend­ing cham­pion in a tour­na­ment,'' the North­ern Ir­ish­man said. ''While there's a part of me that per­haps wished my year had ended as soon as I wrapped up the Race to Dubai, I now look back over the last cou­ple of years won­der­ing why did I stretch my­self so much,'' he added. ''I've prob­a­bly played an ex­tra cou­ple of tour­na­ments too much and I have learnt from the last few years, so that's why I'm cut­ting back my sched­ule even fur­ther from next year.''

Count­ing next week's Euro­pean Tour clos­ing event, McIl­roy will have played in 24 tour­na­ments this sea­son as well as the Ry­der Cup and tee­ing up in two ex­hi­bi­tion tour­na­ments - the Turk­ish Air­lines World Golf Fi­nal and the re­cent show­down against Tiger Woods in the 'Duel at Lake Jin­sha'.

McIl­roy ar­rived in Hong Kong sound­ing tired af­ter wrapping up the Euro­pean Tour Race to Dubai money ti­tle a week ear­lier with his third place fin­ish at the Sin­ga­pore Open.

And his well-be­ing was re­flected in his lethar­gic man­ner over the two days in Hong Kong. ''I'm not sure if the en­ergy in try­ing to sew-up the Race to Dubai and com­pet­ing in the FedEx Cup has taken more out of me than maybe I thought, be­cause while I am feel­ing OK phys­i­cally, men­tally I feel re­ally tired,'' he said.

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