Tiger opts to skip Wells Fargo Open

Special to The ObserverApril 24, 2013 

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Tiger Woods acknowledges the fan's applause after hitting a putt on the seventh green during third-round action in the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, Saturday, April 13, 2013. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT)

JEFF SINER — MCT

Tiger Woods has decided not to play the Wells Fargo Championship next week at Quail Hollow Club, his agent confirmed Tuesday evening.

“Tiger has tremendous respect for Johnny Harris, Kym Hougham and the tournament but the tour schedule is the overriding factor this year,” Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent, said.

“Typically, Tiger likes to take three weeks off after the Masters. With a shorter time period after the Masters this year, that’s the reason he won’t be playing.”

This year, only the RBC Heritage and Zurich Classic of New Orleans will be played between the Masters and the Wells Fargo Championship. Often, there are three tournaments between the Masters and the Charlotte event.

Steinberg said Woods didn’t finalize his decision to skip the tournament until recently.

“He had been looking at it for a bit and, post-Masters, he finally got his head around it.”

Woods won the Wells Fargo Championship in 2007 but he missed the cut in his last two starts at Quail Hollow.

Woods’ choice was disappointing for tournament officials, who were hopeful the world’s No. 1 player would be in the field.

Among the top players committed to play at Quail Hollow next week are Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, defending champion Rickie Fowler, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Nick Watney.

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