Tiger Woods will skip the U.S. PGA Tour’s World Golf Championship Match Play in two weeks, an event from which he was eliminated in the first round two of the past three years.
Woods, who also won the tournament three times, said on his website that he’ll return a week after the Match Play to compete in three Florida events, beginning at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He’ll then play in Miami and Orlando.
Woods said he initially planned to take the week of the Match Play off to attend the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with his girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn. She injured her knee, so she is working as a announcer for Comcast Inc.’s NBC and not competing. Woods said he is now staying in Florida.
Last year, Woods was eliminated in the opening round of the Match Play by Charles Howell III. He was knocked out in the second round by Nick Watney in 2012. Players eliminated in the first round earn about $40,000 of the event’s total $8.8 million purse.
Reigning Masters Tournament champion Adam Scott, No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking behind Woods, is also skipping the Match Play, as is No. 4 Phil Mickelson for the third consecutive year. The tournament is being held at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona.