Rose set to skip Match Play Champs

Justin Rose has given a strong hint that he will sit out the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship as he feels he needs a break.

The US Open champion believes he needs to take some time out in early 2014 and has indicated that he plans to pack his clubs away in February, the same time as the tournament will take place.

“I’m thinking about having a month off around the February time,” Rose told The Telegraph. “It’s been such a busy year and I think I probably need to recharge the batteries around then.”

Rose will no dobut be eager to be refreshed for the first major the year, the Masters, at Augusta National in April, where he is sixth favourite with Paddy Power to win the Green Jacket.

It will be another blow to organisers as Open Championship winner Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Adam Scott have also indicted that they are considering missing the event.

World number one Tiger Woods, who has good odds with Paddy Power to win at least one major next year, is another player with a question mark over his participation as his girlfriend Lyndsey Vonn is set to take part in a gold medal event at the Winter Olympics in Russia.

The 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship is scheduled for February 19-23 at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona.