Sergio Garcia has decided to take a rest and skip the WGC-HSBC Champions event rather than try winning a third successive tournament.
The 31-year-old previously wasn’t eligible to play, but his victory in the Andalucia Masters over the weekend qualified him for the Champions tournament in Shanghai – which he won in 2008 – but his place will instead go to American Jim Furyk.
Garcia is back into the world's top 20 for the first time in awhile thanks to his double win in Spain.
The China tournament will also be without world No 1 Luke Donald, whose wife Diane is expecting their second child and the Englishman has decided to spend the time with his family.
Some of the players who will be there are Rory McIlroy, who will be on a high after winning golf’s richest prize in Shanghai last week, world No 2 Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Adam Scott.
Garcia's recent success has been a breathe of fresh air for the Spaniard, who admitted after his second win that he had worried that he would never comeback from the slump that saw him drop from the world No 2 to outside the top 75.
"Ask Luke Donald," Garcia said. "We had a very tough conversation in Madrid."
Garcia’s main objective at the moment is to qualify for the Ryder Cup outright, where he would likely team up with Donald as the pair are unbeaten in Ryder Cup matches.
"Ryder Cup years are always special," Garcia added, "so hopefully we can make that team."