Tiger Woods will not play in the upcoming WGC-Accenture Match Play, according to a report, though his agent told Golfweek‘s Jeff Rude via phone on Wednesday afternoon that decision has yet to be finalized.
Asked if the news that Woods would not play the Match Play is correct, agent Mark Steinberg said: “We haven’t put out any statements yet. I’m going to talk with Tiger this week about it. Nothing’s final at this point.”
The Match Play is set for Feb. 19-23 in Marana, Ariz. ESPN reported Woods seems in line to take as much as a month off during a window in which the Match Play falls.
“The year basically gets pretty congested starting at the British Open,” said Woods, in Dubai on Wednesday for the pro-am round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, to ESPN – noting he skips the RBC Canadian Open, “but then it’s Firestone (WGC-Bridgestone), then a week off, then all four playoff events, and then for the Americans there’s a Ryder Cup or a Presidents Cup every year.”
Also among top-ranked pros not playing the Match Play: reigning Masters champ Adam Scott.
Some have speculated that the tournament could relocate for 2015, as title sponsor Accenture is ending its run with the event after next month.
Woods is coming off a 79 at Torrey Pines that caused him to miss the third-round cut during the Farmers Insurance Open. He left the course that day without speaking to reporters. So what came next?
“I went home and had a nice day off,” Woods told The Associated Press. “Worked on putting a bit in the backyard, and that was it. I am not that far off. It’s just that I had one bad day, and that happens.”