McIlroy happy 2013 is nearly over

Rory McIlroy has admitted that he is pleased that this week’s Northwestern Mutual World Challenge is his final tournament of the year.

The Ulsterman has struggled for form for most of the year and dropped down to number six on the world rankings after starting 2013 as the world’s top-ranked player.

However, he ended his year-long victory drought last week at the Australian Open when he birdied the final hole to edge out local favourite Adam Scott by one stroke.

“I’m happy this is the last event of the year,” the 24-year-old as saying told Reuters on Wednesday.

“It will be nice to have a few weeks off.

“This last part of the season was all about trying to build momentum going into 2014, and I feel like for the most part I’ve done that.

“A couple of good finishes in Asia and I got a win in Australia. I’d love to get myself in the mix this week and finish the season off on a really high note.”

This week’s Tiger Woods-hosted Northwestern Mutual World Challenge takes place Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks for the final time after the world number confirmed earlier that the event will relocate to Florida’s Isleworth Country Club in 2014.