McIlroy resting now in preparation for marathon schedule

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The reality of this year’s crowded schedule is players like Rory McIlroy are resting now in the hopes that it pays off later in the year.

McIlroy, for example, hasn’t played since the Masters with an eye toward a schedule with little room for rest.

“The reason that I took three weeks off after Augusta is I’m not going to have more than a week off until after the Ryder Cup,” he said on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Championship.

The world No. 3’s schedule reads like a marathon, Wells Fargo Championship, Players, Irish Open (which he hosts), week off, Memorial, week off, U.S. Open, week off, French Open, week off, Open Championship, week off, PGA Championship, week off, Olympics . . . you get the idea.

It’s worth noting that one of those off weeks will be the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event. His decision to not play the event at Wentworth is mitigated somewhat by his announcement to skip the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to play the French Open.

“You want to feel as fresh as you can for every tournament that you play, so I feel like it’s the best way for me to approach it,” said McIlroy, who turned 27 on Wednesday.

McIlroy – who has never played any of this year’s three remaining major championship courses – also said he plans to make scouting trips to Oakmont, the site of this year’s U.S. Open, the week after playing the Memorial; and Royal Troon, where the Open Championship will be played, after the French Open.