World's top two, Woods and Scott, to skip HSBC

Tiger Woods and Adam Scott

Tiger Woods and Adam Scott

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It carries the title of World Golf Championship, provides a massive purse and rewards players with full FedEx Cup points this season. But it’s worth noting that six world-class players – including Nos. 1 and 2, Tiger Woods and Adam Scott – have opted to skip this week’s HSBC Champions in China.

Curious how Woods would travel to China for a one-day money-grab to play a head-to-head exhibition against Rory McIlroy (the kid from Northern Ireland won), yet not stay in the country for the WGC – especially when he’s got more world duty next week, a huge appearance fee at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Scott’s absence is understandable. He’s got four consecutive weeks of tournaments upcoming in his native Australia, a time when he will have to handle plenty of attention for having brought home the nation's first Masters green jacket.

Also opting out of the HSBC Champions were Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker, Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker.

HSBC organizers at least batted .500 against that one-day Woods-McIlroy show. Whereas both participants last year went to China for their riches, then skipped the WGC, McIlroy will tee it up this year at Sheshan International GC.

See all of senior writer Jim McCabe's Tour notes for the week here.

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