Rory McIlroy plans busy 2016 start as he chases number one spot
Rory McIlroy will have a busier early-season schedule in 2016 than previous years as he aims to reclaim the world number one spot before the Masters.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, 26, has dropped to three in the rankings behind Jordan Spieth and Jason Day but the margin between the top three is small.

"If I can get off to a good start next year, I can get back to number one going into the Masters," said McIlroy.

"I'm going to play two more tournaments leading up to Augusta in April."

McIlroy played five events before this year's Masters, where he finished a career-high fourth at the event as closing rounds of 68 and 66 left him six shots behind American Spieth.