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Woods defends WGC snub

ESPN staff
November 2, 2012
Tiger Woods claims he is feeling fatigued © PA Photos

Tiger Woods has defended his decision to skip the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China this week.

The main sponsor was frustrated by the absence of the world's top-two players, with Rory McIlroy joining Woods in sitting it out. Both played an exhibition event in China earlier in the week.

However, Woods has said that fatigue at the end of a draining season made it imperative he gave himself a rest.

"I was tired and doing these things [he is involved with a golfing clinic] are easy. Competing and getting ready for another golf tournament, I just didn't want to do that," Woods said.

"I've got four more rounds at my tournament in LA and I'm done until Abu Dhabi next year so I'm looking forward to having this extended break. This is my off-season now and I'm really looking forward to getting away from it.

"Competing and playing golf tournaments after a long schedule, the play-offs, the Ryder Cup and a lot of other tournaments, it's been a while."

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