World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has vowed to cut back his competitive schedule next year after the disappointment of missing the cut in his defense of the Hong Kong Open.
McIlroy four-putted the final green Friday to crash out of the event by three shots.
It was the second time this year the 23-year old has had to sit out the weekend rounds in the defense of a tournament after also missing the cut in June's U.S. Open at San Francisco.
Before leaving Hong Kong for Dubai and the season-ending World Tour Championship, McIlroy said he's learnt a further lesson and will spend the coming weeks working out where he'll compete in 2013.
''Of course, you're going to miss cuts in your career, but it's not nice and it's a tough pill to swallow when you're the defending champion in a tournament,'' the Northern Irishman said.
''While there's a part of me that perhaps wished my year had ended as soon as I wrapped up the Race to Dubai, I now look back over the last couple of years wondering why did I...