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Furyk skipping Bay Hill for first time since '07

Jim Furyk in the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational third round
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 07: Ryan Moore plays his approach shot on the fairway of the 16th hole during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 7, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)  - 

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – For the first time since 2007, Jim Furyk won’t be teeing it up at Bay Hill next week.

Furyk, who finished T-65 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last year, cited his own charity event on Monday as his reason for skipping the tournament.

“I’m going to entertain a little bit after that event,” he said Wednesday. “It makes that week very difficult for me. So I’m going to take Bay Hill off this year, first time in a lot of years.”

Following this week’s Valspar Championship, Furyk’s schedule will include only the Valero Texas Open prior to the Masters.

Oh, and a member-guest.

“I’m playing in my member-guest the week before I go to Augusta. I’m not sure how good a preparation that is, but I’m bringing a friend from New York down and I think we have matches on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before I leave for Augusta.”