Tiger Woods will skip the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii after there was speculation he might play in the tournament for the first time since 2005.
Tournament director Alex Urban said Woods elected to spend “more time with family and friends over the holiday and will start his season at a later event,” ESPN reported.
Woods qualified for the tournament by winning the Tour Championship in September, and he had until Friday to officially commit to the event played annually at the Kapalua resort on Maui.
The 14-time major winner is expected to make his 2019 debut and return to the PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines starting Jan. 24. He has won the event seven times, most recently in 2013.
Woods indicated at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month that he may have played too many tournaments during his comeback season in 2018, including a stretch of seven events in nine weeks.
“I’m not going to play as many as I did this year,” Woods said. “I played in too many this year, and that was from adding an event because I missed the cut at [the Genesis Open] to qualifying to get into Akron [the WGC Bridgestone Invitational]. Who knew that I could make it through all the playoff events? So all those events took a toll. I won’t be playing as much as I did [in 2018].”
The Tournament of Champions begins Jan. 3. Defending champion Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy are all expected to compete, ESPN notes.