Tiger Woods is not in the field, announced this evening for the Accenture Match Play Championship to be held next week. Steve Stricker, the new world No. 2, is the No. 1 seed in the match play tournament at which Woods made his season debut last year.
There was a report in an Australian tabloid last week that Woods would make his return at the Accenture again this year. Citing only "strengthening whispers" the report said Woods would play in the event, which is part of the World Golf Championships, even though Accenture was the first sponsor to sever its ties to Woods when the scandal of his lifestyle first broke.
The official field was released a little while ago, though, and Woods was not among those listed. It leads to more speculation about when he will return, after leaving what is reportedly a stay in a Mississippi clinic specializing in sex addiction rehab. Staffers are gearing up at Arnold Palmer's tournament at Bay Hill, just in case Woods would like to begin close to home. Or will it be the Masters, where there is strict control over media credentials--thus closing out tabloid TV shows.