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Rory McIlroy accepts Mission Hills critcism

Last Updated: 07/11/12 5:50pm

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Rory McIlroy: Accepts criticism of his decision to skip Mission Hills is fair

Rory McIlroy: Accepts criticism of his decision to skip Mission Hills is fair

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World No 1 Rory McIlroy admits criticism of his decision to miss last week's WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in China is fair.

McIlroy skipped the event and watched his girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, play in the Tournament of Champions.

McIlroy returns to action in the Singapore Open this week, and says he understands why he has angered some by missing Mission Hills.

"I think the criticism is fair - it's a World Golf Championship event, one of the big ones. It was a tough one to miss, especially watching it on television," McIlroy said.

"But I can't play every week. If I had played that I would have finished the season having played in Turkey, after the Ryder Cup and the FedEx Cup stuff. It's just too much and one event had to miss out and that was it.

"I played the course at Mission Hills a couple of years ago and didn't really like it. I thought it was a course where I would get frustrated and am glad the event is going back to Shanghai next year."

World No 2 Tiger Woods also skipped the Shenzhen event in favour of rest and McIlroy says that since reaching the top of the sport, he needs to strike the right balance between playing, fulfilling media commitments and taking time off.

"Managing time is a very important part of my life," he said.

"I thought I did a little bit better this season than I did last year after I won the US Open in 2011. People want more of you, they want you to do more things and you have to learn how to say 'no'."

"You have to be selfish sometimes. First and foremost, you have to look after yourself and fit in the things that you want to do.

"I am in a fortunate position that I can dictate where I want to play, what I want to do and where I want to go and as long as I am in that position then that's lovely."

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