The Match of Champions may have 34 winners from 2019 competing subsequent week on the Plantation Course at Kapalua, however two of final yr’s most notable winners shall be resting at residence.
Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka have opted to skip the opening occasion of the brand new yr. Woods is contemporary off an exhausting and emotional week in Australia on the Presidents Cup the place he captained the U.S. crew to a rousing Sunday comeback to take down the Internationals. As for Koepka, he’s nonetheless rehabbing his left knee he injured on the CJ Cup in October, that led him to withdraw from Woods’ Presidents Cup crew.
Becoming a member of Woods and Koepka as winners who didn’t commit by Friday’s deadline are Shane Lowry, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari and Justin Rose.
Nevertheless, 13 of the highest 30 in final yr’s FedExCup standings are within the discipline, as are seven of the highest 10 within the present FedExCup standings. As well as, 11 of the highest 30 gamers within the Official World Golf Rankings are within the discipline as effectively, together with top-10 gamers Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele, who’s defending his title subsequent week at Kapalua.