It came as no surprise when Tiger Woods announced this week that he will skip the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in two weeks and return to the PGA Tour the following week at the Honda Classic.
Woods plans a busy Florida swing, also playing the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral and the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he will be the defending champion at both.
Originally, Woods had planned to be in Sochi with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn for the Olympics. With Vonn out of the Olympics due to her knee injury, Woods has chosen to focus on Florida rather than the uncertainty of the Match Play format.
Forget Woods for a moment. What does it mean for the future of the Match Play at Dove Mountain?
No Tiger. No Phil Mickelson. No Adam Scott.
It means it won’t be a surprise if the event moves after this year. Accenture’s title sponsorship is ending and it’s clear Dove Mountain – which is a sweet set-up for corporate execs and guests – isn’t popular with the players.
It seems time to move the Match Play event. Maybe it changes addresses and keeps the same date. Or maybe it finds a different place and time to avoid having two WGC events in three weeks on the PGA Tour schedule.