Tiger Woods to pass on Match Play

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Tiger Woods appears set to take a pass on one of golf's biggest tournaments.

Woods has yet to make it official, but indications are he will skip next month's WGC-Accenture Match Play, the first of four World Golf Championship events.

It would be just the third time since the event's inception, and first since 2010, that Woods would be a no-show. Woods, 38, has won the tournament three times, but not since it moved to the Golf Club at Dove Mountain near Tucson, Ariz., in 2009.

In his past four appearances in the tournament, Woods has failed to advance beyond the second round. Twice he was bounced in the first round, including last year, when he was defeated on the first day by Charles Howell III.

Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson already have announced they will skip the event.

Although he didn't address the topic specifically in Dubai, where he is playing in this week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Woods has said several times in recent months that the long PGA Tour season, especially the period from July to September that starts with the Open Championship and runs through the Ryder Cup in Scotland, can take its toll.

At the Tour Championship this past September, Woods acknowledged that he was worn out and that managing his schedule in 2014 would be a priority.

After a six-week break, Woods began the year with a tie for 79th at the Farmers Insurance Open, where on Saturday he shot a 79 and failed to make the 54-hole cut. After this week's tournament -- which he has won twice -- Woods is scheduled for a corporate exhibition Tuesday in Delhi, India.

He then is expected to play the Honda Classic, which begins Feb. 27, followed by the WGC-Cadillac Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational -- the latter two which he won a year ago. If it plays out that way, Woods would compete in five tournaments before the Masters, which he is trying to win for the first time since 2005.

There had long been speculation that Woods would skip the Match Play to accompany girlfriend and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn to the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Vonn, however, withdrew because of a knee injury that required surgery.

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