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World number one Rory McIlroy intends to fine-tune his game even further in this forthcoming off-season as he bids to replicate this year’s successes in 2013 and beyond.

By Alex Leach

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Published: Wed 21 Nov 2012, 11:32 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:05 AM

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a tremendous 2012, winning the respective races on both the European Tour and PGA Tour money lists as well as claiming his second major at the PGA Championship.

However, with the likes of Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods vying with him at the top of the world rankings, McIlroy knows there can be no let-up whatsoever if he is to stay at the summit amid such high-calibre competition.

“I’ve been at it five years, I’ve sort of kept progressing every year and I want to keep trying to do that in 2013,” McIlroy said at a preview press conference here at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Tuesday ahead of the DP World Tour Championship, which begins on Thursday morning.

“You can always improve as a golfer. What I’ve done very well this year is hit the ball left-to-right — which I’ve not done in the past — and it’s enabled me to get to a lot more right-hand pin positions, which is obviously going to set up more birdie chance for me. That’s something I’ve really improved on this year. “I guess — over the seven or eight weeks that I’ll have off before the new season — I can just look at my game and the stats and see what I can go and work — and improve — on.

“You can never be complacent. You can never just think of it as coming easy to you. You still have to work hard and dedicate yourself each and every day to trying to become a better player.” McIlroy has already identified strategic scheduling as fundamental to his chances of maintaining his formidable form, with some tournaments towards the end of the upcoming calendar year looking likely to be avoided altogether.

“Scheduling is very important — I’ve learnt that this year,” he explained. “What takes it out of you most sometimes is being in contention, feeling the pressure and adrenaline on Sundays and having to get yourself back up for the next week. That takes more out of you than going and finishing 30th and 40th every week.

“I feel like scheduling is going to be a big thing for me going forward.

“If I do feel that way for every tournament that I enter, I have a better chance to win.” With approaching £3 million banked in prize money from this year alone on the European Tour, finances are no longer a factor either in what McIlroy ultimately considers important in his professional career.

“Winning is my motivation,” he added. “The real goal for me is trying to win as many tournaments — and majors — as possible.”

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