Woods to skip WGC Match Play

The WGC Match Play Championship has suffered another blow with Tiger Woods confirming he will sit out the event.

World number two Adam Scott, fourth-ranked Phil Mickelson and US Open champion Justin Rose had already announced that they will miss the tournament and Woods’ absence have left Arizona organisers with few star attractions.

Three-time WGC Match Play champion Woods had previously indicated that he might miss the event as he was set to watch his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn at the Sochi Winter Games.

However, with Vonn out injured it was suggested he could play after all, but he will now take some time off instead.

“I had planned to take that week off and travel with Lindsey to Sochi, but unfortunately that won’t happen,” Woods, who has good odds with Paddy Power to win at least one major in 2014, said.

“Instead, I’ll stay home and prepare for the Florida tournaments.”

The world number one also revealed that he’ll play in the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, from February 27-March 2, the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami the following weekend and the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando from March 20-23.

“The Honda Classic is close to my home, and I want to support it whenever I can,” said the American, who will no doubt be favourite to win those tournaments and you can bet on this and more at Paddy Power.

“We have a Learning Center at Murray Middle School in Stuart, Florida, and this event does so much to help the community, including the efforts of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.”

He added: “I’m also excited about spending time with Arnold and defending my title at his tournament and the WGC-Cadillac. I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve done at Doral.”