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Adam Scott out of World Match Play

Masters champion Adam Scott has revealed he will not be attending the World Match Play Championship after confirming he will be taking an extended break when the Sony Open finishes up.

The World Number 2 has never failed to participate at the WGC Match Play event since becoming eligible in 2002; now he’s opted to take a six-week break from the game after successive PGA Tour events in Hawaii over the next two weeks.

There’s talk that the Australian’s decision not to enter the competition stems from his poor record there since it moved to Arizona in 2007. He was beaten in the opening round three years running and has not advanced beyond the second round since 2005 when it was at La Costa Resort north of San Diego.

Scott is playing the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua and then the Sony Open at Honolulu next week. He’ll then be returning for the Honda Classic in Florida at the end of February, after his long break is over.