Tiger Woods says he’s ‘way better’ than last week when he withdrew from Northern Trust with oblique strain
There are only eight rounds in the PGA Tour season and no more cuts to be made. The top 70 in the FedEx Cup will tee it up at Medinah Country Club outside of Chicago this week, and there are some terrific tee times and groups.
Woods is the defending champion at East Lake, capping off his comeback from four back surgeries with a vintage performance at the Tour Championship.
“I’m trying to win this tournament just like anybody else in this field, and trying to get to East Lake and trying to get to a place where a lot of things changed for me last year,” Woods said after his pro-am. “And hopefully, I can make that happen.”
Woods withdrew last week after one round of the FedEx Cup playoffs opener, citing a mild strain of the oblique. That dropped him from No 28 to No 38 in the FedEx Cup because points are quadruple during the postseason.
Woods will play the first two rounds with C.T. Pan and Billy Horschel (who is self-deprecating). Other notable groups include Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed as well as Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson and Justin Rose.
The course is familiar to Tiger Woods, however, the circumstances are not.
Medinah is where Woods buried that 8-foot par putt on the 17th hole in 1999 to win the PGA Championship for the first time by holding off teenage Sergio Garcia. He returned to Medinah in 2006 and won the PGA Championship again, this time making history as the only player to win multiple majors in consecutive years.
“I’ve had some good memories,” Woods said.
Tiger Woods, at worst, will need a top-10 finish to get into the Tour Championship and to move into the top 30. Overall, he will need good health and a good week at the BMW Championship.
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