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July 01, 2013

McIlroy won't add Open tune-up due to sponsor commitments

Posted at 4:36 PM by Mike Walker | Categories: British Open, Rory McIlroy

Rory_600Rory McIlroy missed the cut after shooting 72 in the second round of the Irish Open (Getty Images).

When Rory McIlroy felt out of sorts before this year's Masters, he decided over lunch with his caddie to play the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, Texas, as a last-minute tune-up. (He was runner-up at San Antonio and finished T25 at the 2013 Masters.)

However, McIlroy won't be adding an event to get ready for the British Open after missing the cut at last week's Irish Open because he has commitments to his sponsors, according to Ewan Murray at the Guardian.

McIlroy, pertinently, will not have an opportunity to play competitively again before the Open Championship in three weeks' time. The French Open and Scottish Open would have provided him with such a window, but neither European Tour events will be afforded McIlroy's presence despite hints from the man himself that he wished the situation were different.

"I have got a couple of commitments next week and the week after as well," McIlroy said. "If I didn't have those couple of things to do over the next couple of weeks, I probably would have added an event."

Included in McIlroy's off-course duties are work for his sponsors, plus some work with Nike in relation to the specifications of drivers. "I had a new driver in my bag this week," he added. "It was still not 100% what I want so I will do some testing next week. I will also probably stay around here for the weekend, practicing."

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