World number nine Jim Furyk, who has been hampered by a wrist injury for about four months, said playing in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions this weekend would not have been prudent.
The PGA Tour veteran produced a quality 2015 season, which was highlighted by his victory at the RBC Heritage. It is also perhaps worth noting that he had seven top ten finishes last season and the fact he made 19 starts contributed significantly to that.
Playing in Kapalua this weekend would have created the ideal platform for Furyk to build on some of his more recent successes. However, it could have ruined his prospects healing sufficiently to make significant inroads during the early stages of the season. That is not a risk that he wanted to take.
"It's not 100 percent," said Furyk of the wrist.
"I don't want to get out there and play and show up just to show up. I've been hitting balls since early December, but I wasn't going to be as strong as I needed to be," added Furyk.
"To push it and try to get there early didn't seem like the right move. In my mind, it's not the right way," explained the former US Open champion.
Early indications are that Furyk might only be ready for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, which tees off in early February. It might not be a bad place for him to start either, given that he finished in a tie for seven at that event last season.
"First and foremost, I want to be healthy and get stronger," said. Furyk
"It's been a long, long layoff. In a perfect world, I think I'd be ready for Pebble and LA, but I know I'm going to be rusty. I'd like to play those two and evaluate where I'm at. It would be nice to go into March and hit the road running," said Furyk.
"That bone bruise, from what I've learned about it, is real tricky," he said.
"They didn't put a cast on my wrist because they felt it would get too stiff. It's going to take some time. The doctor said this could be great in two to three weeks, or it could be two or three months. It's frustrating because there's nothing I can do."