Tiger Woods feels missing the Sentry Tournament of Champions is the sensible option as he looks for more success in 2019.
The 14-time major winner booked his spot in the restricted-field Hawaiian event courtesy of his victory in the season-ending Tour Championship – his first success on the PGA Tour for more than five years.
It was thought that Woods, who turns 43 on December 30, would join the star-studded line-up at Kapalua but he has taken the advice of his management team to skip the tournament and will instead make his 2019 debut on January 24 at the Farmers Insurance Open.
It is an event that the former world number one had enjoyed incredible success at over the years, winning at Torrey Pines on seven occasions, and Woods will hope to make a positive start after admitting that he overdid things towards the back end of last season.
“The only thing set in stone after this is that I’m playing the Genesis [Riviera Country Club] and the four majors,” he said.
“Other than that, we’re still taking a look at what is too much. Seven of the last nine to end my season was too much.”
It remains to be seen if the Florida resident has any more majors in him after coming close this year.
He shared fourth at the Masters while ending up tied for sixth at the Open Championship and seemed to have his old swagger back at times. Woods is priced at 11.0 to win the Masters for a fifth time while he can be backed at 13.00 to walk off with the Claret Jug after the Open.