Brandt Snedeker begs off WGC

Brandt Snedeker, fresh off his fifth PGA Tour victory Sunday at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, announced Tuesday that he will not play in the first World Golf Championship event of the year.

The No. 4-ranked player in the world, Snedeker cited sore ribs as his reason for missing the upcoming tournament that will be played Feb. 20-24 in Marana, Ariz.

Snedeker, whose past 10 rounds on tour have been in the 60s, initially felt soreness in his left rib cage at the Humana Challenge, according to a news release. He underwent treatment there, then went on to finish second in consecutive weeks at the Farmers Insurance Open and the Waste Management Phoenix Open before his win this past week on the Monterey Peninsula. The injury resurfaced Thursday at Pebble Beach.

As a result of Snedeker's withdrawal, 66th-ranked Fredrik Jacobson will now be in the field for the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

Snedeker joins Phil Mickelson, who also withdrew from the Match Play. Mickelson said he is not playing the event because his kids are off from school and he's planning a family trip the week of the event.

Snedeker leads the PGA Tour money list with $2,859,920 as well as leading the FedEx Cup race by 700 points over second-place Brian Gay.