Rory McIlroy has pulled out of this month’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, citing scheduling concerns.
The Northern Irishman opted out of the European Tour’s flagship event because he does not want to play four weeks in a row.
McIlroy is set to return from a three-week break to defend his Wells Fargo Championship title in North Carolina this week.
Following that appearance, he will travel to Florida for the Players Championship, before jetting across the Atlantic for the Irish Open at the K Club, where he will be tournament host.
The BMW PGA Championship follows the week after, but McIlroy doesn’t fancy the prospect of playing in four consecutive events – particularly as he braces for an even busier period in the months to come.
“The reason I took three weeks off after Augusta was that I’m not going to have more than a week off [at a time] until after the Ryder Cup in October,” said McIlroy.
“I’m playing here, next week at the Players, the Irish Open and then it’s basically week on, week off from there.
“Memorial, week off, US Open, week off, French Open, week off, Open, week off, PGA, week off, Olympics, week off, Fed Ex Cup, Ryder Cup.
“There’s a little bit of travel in there as well so it’s a busy stretch coming up and you can’t play every week.”
McIlroy is winless so far in 2016 but believes he has identified a few bad habits in his game that he’s close to removing entirely.
“I am still working on it but I feel better than I did when I put the clubs away for a couple of weeks,” he said.
“I’d got into a couple of bad habits leading up to the Masters and it’s never really a good time to work on them – you are just trying to play golf and shoot a score.
“I took basically a full two weeks off from golf. I went home to Ireland for a week and then had a bit of a break; I was island-hopping for about 10 days, which was nice.”