Tiger Woods cited fatigue as his reason for missing this week's WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, an event he decided to skip months ago to partake in corporate commitments in Asia.
He also confirmed that his first tournament of 2013 will be the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, meaning he will not open his season at the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Woods has not played the tournament at Kapalua since 2005.
Ranked No. 2 in the world, Woods and No. 1 Rory McIlroy were criticized this week by the group head of sponsorship for HSBC, Giles Morgan, who lamented not having the top players in the field.
"I was tired, and doing these things are easy," Woods told reporters at a clinic in Singapore. "Competing and getting ready for another golf tournament, I just didn't want to do that. I've got four more rounds at my tournament in L.A. (the World Challenge) and I'm done until Abu Dhabi next year, so I'm looking forward to having an extended break. This is my offseason now, and I'm really looking forward to getting away from it."