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Bubba skips Players for family time

Last year they missed out on Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, this year The Players Championship have lost out on Bubba Watson, with the news that the recently-jacketed Masters champions will be skipping the event to spend quality time with his family.

"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," Watson announced on Twitter Thursday.

Two weeks before winning his first major at Augusta National,Watson and his wife, Angie, adopted a 2-month-old baby boy who they named Caleb.

"Sorry to disappoint fans but the Players has one of the best fields all year, tourney is more than fine without me," Watson said in another tweet.

While Watson honoured his commitments to play the Zurich Classic in New Orleans as defending champion, he passed on the Wells Fargo Championship held this week and had spoken about not having much time with his family, particularly following his media commitments in the wake of his Masters victory.

"We respect Bubba's decision in light of the unique and life-changing circumstances of the past month," PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said in a statement.

"His focus on his family is admirable, as was his decision to honor his commitment to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans as defending champion. We look forward to having him back on the tour soon."

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