Washington - World No 3 Rory McIlroy
confirmed on Wednesday he'll skip the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth as he
tries to stay fresh in a busy season that includes both the Olympics and Ryder
Speaking on his 27th birthday, and on the
eve of his title defence at the US PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship in
Charlotte, North Carolina, McIlroy outlined an upcoming schedule that doesn't
include the European Tour's flagship event May 26-29.
"The reason that I took three weeks
off after Augusta was I'm not going to have more than a week off until after
the Ryder Cup," McIlroy said.
"I'm playing here, next week at The
Players, the Irish Open, then I'll take a week off.
"Then it's basically week-on, week-off
from there," said McIlroy, who will play the USPGA Memorial hosted by Jack
Nicklaus in Ohio prior to a week off before the US Open at Oakmont in
"You can't play every week,"
McIlroy said. "You want to feel as fresh as you can for every tournament
McIlroy will take a week off after the US
Open then play in the European Tour's French Open, opting out of the World Golf
Championships Bridgestone Championship in Akron, Ohio.