Masters Tournament champion Adam Scott will be taking a six-week break after playing two tournaments in Hawaii, meaning he will skip the Match Play Championship.
Scott has never missed the Match Play Championship since he first became eligible in 2002.
But since the World Golf Championship moved to Arizona in 2007, he hasn’t stuck around very long.
Scott was beaten in the opening round the last three years, and he has not advanced beyond the second round since 2005 when it was at La Costa Resort north of San Diego.
Scott is playing this week at Kapalua and then in the Sony Open at Honolulu next week. He says he won’t play again until the Honda Classic, missing the entire West Coast Swing.
Scott enters the year at No. 2 in the world behind Tiger Woods.
CHANGING CLUBS: Ernie Els is changing equipment again after signing a new deal with Adams Golf.
The four-time major champion will use a variety of the company’s products and wear the logo on his bag and on his headwear. Els has won three majors with different equipment companies: Lynx (1994 U.S. Open), TaylorMade (1997 U.S. Open and 2002 British Open) and Callaway (2012 British Open).
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Adams Golf was acquired in 2012 by TaylorMade-adidas, so the 44-year-old South African could be using different products throughout his bag. Els last month signed a footwear deal with Ecco to wear its street shoes.
Els is No. 27 in the world going into the 2014 season.