Scott to skip WGC-Match Play
Masters champion Adam Scott is to take a six-week break after the Sony Open later this month meaning he will sit out the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
The event at Dove Mountain is the first World Golf Championship tournament of the season and takes place from February 19-23.
Scott has not missed the competition since he first became eligible back in 2002, but has this year opted instead for an extended break from the game.
The world No 2 will play in this week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, and will also tee it up at the Sony Open the following week, but will not then play competitively again until the Honda Classic at the end of February.
The form player in world golf at the back end of 2013, the 33-year-old won the Australian Masters and PGA Championship in November and came close to achieving a home 'Triple Crown' only to be denied by Rory McIlroy at the Australian Open.
However, Scott has endured a rather lean time of it at the WGC-Accenture Match Play since the tournament moved to Arizona in 2007 and has gone out in the first round in each of the last three years.
Meanwhile, Scott has pipped Tiger Woods to win the Golf Writers' Association of America Player of the Year title.
Scott polled five more votes than the world No 1 due to his four-win year worldwide, and he said: "It is an honor to be recognised as the most consistent male golfer of 2013 and it is appreciated to have the respect of the Golf Writers of America. Thank you."
Inbee Park was a runaway winner of the women's title, while Kenny Perry was an overwhelming choice as Senior Player of the Year.