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Woods, Mickelson skipping Tournament of Champions

Tiger Woods won’t be in the field for January’s Tournament of Champions, despite qualifying for the event by winning the Tour Championship in September.

It would have been Woods’ first TOC since 2005.

Woods had until Friday to decide whether to play in the tournament, which begins Jan. 3 on Maui at the Kapalua resort.

Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose were the only other holdouts among the 37 eligible players.

Rose, ranked No. 2 in the world, is the only member of the top eight ranked players who will miss the tournament.

Dustin Johnson, who won by eight strokes last year, will be looking for his third title in the event.

Woods has said he plans to play in fewer tournaments in 2019 and would not commit to any tournaments beyond the four majors and the Genesis Open at Riviera in southern California, which his foundation runs.

Woods is expected to make his 2019 debut at the Farmers Insurance Open, which begins Jan. 24 at Torrey Pines outside of San Diego, where he has won eight times.

–Field Level Media