Adam Scott was among the first batch of players the Saudi International announced as playing its Asian Tour event next month, but now he no longer is on the entry list.
The means he won't need a conflicting event release from the PGA Tour, nor will he be required to play the Pebble Beach Pro-Am twice over the next three years, the stipulation for PGA Tour members going to Saudi Arabia.
A Saudi tournament spokesman said only that Scott's playing schedule has changed, and he will only play in Abu Dhabi and Dubai before preparing for "the big block" of PGA Tour events.
Some other players going to Saudi Arabia to collect handsome appearance money from the government's Public Investment Fund did not seem bothered by the strings attached to getting a release.
Scott's fellow Australians Marc Leishman, Lucas Herbert and Cameron Smith, who claimed the opening PGA Tour event of the year in Hawaii in record fashion, will be among the star-studded field competing for an increased prize purse of $5 million ($A6.9m).
"We're not getting our arms twisted to go to Saudi Arabia," Leishman said.
"We've been offered what we've been offered, take it or leave it. So I took it."
Leishman hasn't played the Pebble Beach Pro-Am since 2011, meaning he will be required to tee it up at the iconic California event at least twice between 2023 and 2025.
"It's not the worst place in the world to go," the World No.33 said.
However, mystery surrounds seventh-ranked Xander Schauffele, who played Pebble his rookie season in 2017 and hasn't returned since.
He will play the Saudi International, which is February 3-6, the same week as Pebble Beach.
As for returning to the Monterey Peninsula?
Schauffele's team argues that it's unfair to punish him when Pebble was never on his schedule.
"It's sort of one that's still being ironed out," Schauffele said.
"I've had my reservations about playing at AT&T, so it's definitely a tricky one to handle that situation. So we're still navigating that with my team and we'll kind of see what happens."