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McIlroy focuses on PGA Tour for 2012

Rory McIlroy intends to spend more time in the U.S. next year, juggling commitments on both sides of the Atlantic and he seeks to make an impact on both tours.

"I will add on a couple more events to my schedule in America next year," McIlroy said during his preparations for Thursdays UBS Hong Kong Open. "It won't be a drastic change, but I love playing on the golf courses in the U.S."

"But this doesn't mean I'm going to neglect Europe. I will continue to play on the European Tour like I did this year, spending time between both tours."

The U.S. Open champion lowered his American commitments this year, only appearing at 10 tournaments, as oppose to his career high of 16 in 2010.

And if he was looking for a role-model, he need look no further than fellow Brit Luke Donald, the world number one who topped the PGA Tour money list with earnings of more than $6.5 million from 19 tournaments.

Donald also currently leads the European Tour money list with $5.1 million from 10 events.

"Luke (Donald) has proved this year that that it can be done. He has played on both tours and he heads the money list on both as well," McIlroy said.

McIlroy, ended a fairly low 29th on the concluded PGA Tour money list with $2.3 million, is currently in third place on the European Tour money list and is hoping a good share of the $2.75 million on offer in Hong Kong will help close the gap to Donald.

"I certainly hope this will be my year. I have come close twice in Hong Kong, finishing second in 2008 and 2009. Maybe this time I can do it," McIlroy said.


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