Woods, who finished tenth at Chapultepec Golf Club last year but was never really competitive, gave no reason and was vague when asked about his schedule this week. He shot at 7:00 a.m. at the Genesis Invitational, where he hosts the tournament.
“I was so busy with this event and tried to deal with all the little things that I didn’t really focus on next week,” said Woods.
Brooks Koepka skips for the second time in three years, the first time of her choice. He had a wrist injury in 2018 and Koepka will play against his hometown Honda Classic the following week.
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Koepka, Rose and Stenson have not yet finished in the top 25, while Fowler’s best result was a tie for 16th place.
Jordan Spieth meanwhile chose to play after his ninth draw last week at Pebble Beach put him back in the top 50.
Woods will only have played twice in the Florida Swing, which starts his run to the Masters in Torrey Pines and Riviera. His schedule leading to Augusta National is still unclear.
He skipped the Honda Classic last year. He planned to play at Bay Hill last year until he had a week off, with excruciating pain in the neck area. He played The Players Championship and Match Play a year ago before going to Masters where he won for his 15th major.
The field will only be set on Monday. Players can continue to qualify through the top 50 in the world rankings or the top 10 in the FedEx Cup ranking.
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