Masters Champion Bubba Watson has decided to skip the Players Championship to spend more time with his family.

Bubba Watson will not be in the field for the Players Championship as the Masters Champion has decided to skip the event in order to spend some more time at home.

The left-hander admitted before the Zurich Classic last week that he would have preferred to have more time with his family and that if he hadn’t been the defending champion he would have skipped that event.

He announced the decision on Twitter, saying he wanted to establish stronger bonds with his wife Angie and two-month old son Caleb.

"I need to spend more time with Caleb and Angie, plan to take at least a month off," Watson tweeted. "The Players is one of the best weeks of the year, but bonding with my son and wife is what it is all about right now."

"Sorry to disappoint fans but the Players has one of the best fields all year, tourney is more than fine without me," said Watson. "I feel blessed and excited that I get to spend quality time with Caleb and Angie in the next few weeks."

The $9.5 million Players Championship, widely regarded by Americans as the unofficial fifth Major, always attracts a strong field and big crowds.