Cannon/Getty Images Rory McIlroy said he’s “determined” to figure out TPC Sawgrass.
Rory McIlroy provided some clues as to what his 2013 schedule will look like recently.
For one, he’s looking forward to finally taming THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass — an event where he’s missed the cut in each of his three attempts.
His post-Masters schedule at least will include THE PLAYERS Championship, which began his streak of missed cuts in 2012. He said this year the TPC Sawgrass was a course that he would have to figure out how to play, even if it took him 20 years.
“I’m determined,” McIlroy said. “I feel like I’m a good enough player to get around that course. But yeah, I at least want to see what the weekend is like there.”
McIlroy will cut back on the number of tournaments he plays, and while he didn’t want to say which ones he will skip, he offered a few clues.
Singapore and Hong Kong are not on the 2013 schedule, and he played both this year. McIlroy also said he likely would not play the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., the week before the U.S. Open. He added it this year because he had missed three straight cuts.
“I added that this year just to try to get a little bit more golf because I was only playing two-round tournaments,” McIlroy said.
He said his schedule leading up to the Masters would at least include Abu Dhabi, the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, The Honda Classic, the WGC-Cadillac Championship and the Shell Houston Open. That would mean McIlroy does not play the Dubai Desert Classic next year.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report