Woods qualified for the ‘winners only’ Kapalua event by virtue of ending a five-year victory drought in emotional manner by capturing the Tour Championship.
But his management team have now advised officials that Woods is declining to Travel to Hawaii,
Woods, who turns 43 on Sunday, will now commence his 2019 season in the January 24th starting Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines near San Diego.
Woods has won the event on seven occasions while he captured his 14th Major on the clifftop course overlooking the Pacific Open in 2008 by winning the U.S. Open.
There were rumours when Woods headed off to Melbourne, Australia earlier this month he may tee-up in Hawaii but also admitting he had played too much golf in his full comeback season including teeing-up in seven events over the final nine weeks of the PGA Tour year.
“The only thing set in stone after this is that I’m playing Genesis (Riviera Country Club, Feb 14th to 17th) and the four majors,” said Woods.
“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.”
Though Woods will be faced with decisions following the Genesis Open as the following week will be the WGC-Mexico Championship, followed by the Honda Classic close of his Florida home.
He’s then got to decide on competing in either the following week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational and followed by the Players Championship and then the Valspar Championship where he went within a shot this year of forcing a play-off.
What is certain is that Woods will not choose to play five in a row.
Source : EXPRESS