"I think the criticism is fair"
By mustang6560 on 11/7/12
Rory McIlroy was criticized last week for skipping the WGC-HSBC Champions in order to watch his girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, play tennis in Bulgaria. The current world number one was asked to respond to the criticism ahead of this week's Barclay's Singapore Open.
"I think the criticism is fair," McIlroy told reporters during a pre-tournament news conference at the European Tour's Barclays Singapore Open. "It is a World Golf Championship event, one of the big ones. It was a tough one to miss. But I can't play every week. ...

"If I had played that, I would have finished the season having played in Turkey, after the Ryder Cup and the FedEx Cup stuff. It's just too much and one event had to miss out, and that was it."
I applaud Rory's honesty — it's refreshing. He accepts the criticism but knows it was the right thing to do for himself. The Northern Irishman added that he plans to cut down his 2013 schedule, too.
"Managing time is a very important part of my life," he told reporters. "I thought I did a little bit better this season than I did last year after I won the U.S. Open in 2011. People want more of you, they want you to do more things and you have to learn how to say 'no.'

"You have to be selfish sometimes. First and foremost, you have to look after yourself and fit in the things that you want to do. You see some guys, golf is everything; it's their life. Of course it's my life, and I'm very lucky to do it, but sometimes you just need to step away from it and decompress in a way. Spending last week with Caroline definitely helped me do that."
It's not the first time Rory has said that he plans to reduce his tournament schedule next season, however, it's going to be difficult for the Ulsterman. At the end of the day, there just aren't that many events for him to cut out.

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[ comments ]
Kurt the Knife says:
reasonable. really. can't destroy yourself for anyone.
GolfSmith7 says:
If the new Nike contract pans out, he wont have any money worries (not like he really has some now) but like Tiger he can concentrate on expanding his brand and play in tournaments that will promote his brand. I think Tiger wins as often as he does because he is rested while others grind themselves to a lesser game.
Torleif Sorenson says:
GolfSmith7 is right - Jack Nicklaus based his schedule around peaking in time for the four majors. We're in a newer era, but the wise approach Rory is taking is very similar.
legitimatebeef says:
I think as of now, as a golf fan I am hereby shutting it down for the rest of 2012. Maybe I'll resurface for Tiger's World Challenge in a few weeks but for now that's it. No more wondering what Rory may or in this case, may not be doing. Sorry the kid is a great golfer but I don't feel he quite merits the microscope treatment just yet. Yup, this particular non-story was I think, the straw that broke the camels back. No offense Nate but see you next year.
Matt McGee says:
I have to say, of all the reasons to miss a golf tournament, Caroline Wozniacki certainly isn't the worst I've heard.
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