Rory McIlroy’s manager Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler has brushed aside suggestions that the young Ulsterman has set himself up for ‘burn-out' by taking on nine tournaments over the next 11 weeks.
The 22-year-old will compete at this week's Kolon Korea Open in Seoul before jetting off to China for the country’s first golfing Marathon, the seven-day, seven-city Shui On Land China Golf Challenge, a made-for-television tournament.
McIlroy will then head to Bermuda for the Grand Slam of Golf which will feature the year's four Major winners before making his way to Turkey to spend some time with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki who will be competing at the WTA finals in Istanbul.
After that McIlroy has two commitments in China before he takes a two-week holiday in Asia.
On his return he will partner fellow Ulsterman Graeme McDowell in the World Cup of Golf, which also takes place in China, before ending his year competing in the Hong Kong Open, the Dubai World Championship and Asia's Tour Championship in Bangkok in December.
“No, there's no concern that Rory will suffer burn-out,” Chandler said.
“He's purposely scheduled a fortnight's holiday halfway through and he's going to be running into the girlfriend a bit.”
Meanwhile, Walker Cup hero Paul Cutler made a disappointing start to his bid to secure his European Tour card yesterday.
Playing at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire, Cutler crashed to a five over par 77 first round.
Chris Devlin, John Kelly and Michael McGeady were in hot pursuit of graduation places as their First Stage Qualifier got underway at Ribagolf near Lisbon.
Devlin, Kelly and McGeady each posted a satisfying two-under par 70 for a share of fifth place at the Portuguese venue.
Ballyliffin's Brendan McCarroll’s one-under par 71 was good enough for a share of 14th, while Fergal Rafferty, from Omagh via the Sam Houston State University in Texas compiled a 73.