On Thursday Tiger Woods committed to play in The Barclays, the first of four events in the PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoffs. Woods is defending his FedEx Cup title, but this year he’s 108th in the points standings that closes on Sunday after the Wyndham Championship.
He graced us with his presence at last year’s disastrous venue, Liberty National. Good news is that it’s being played at Ridgewood Country Club this year. Bad news is that unless his game shapes up, this could be the only playoff event he qualifies for.
From the presser:
The top 100 players following The Barclays will advance to the next event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, the Deutsche Bank Championship. Woods is currently ranked No. 108 in the FedExCup, and this puts him in an unfamiliar situation of having to finish approximately 50th or better at The Barclays to move on.
“We are thrilled to have Tiger Woods, the defending FedExCup Champion, join the field in what should be one of the most exciting events in The Barclays history,” said Executive Director Peter Mele. “The field this year will be full of great stories. From the success of international players on TOUR this year, to the success of young players like Hunter Mahan, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Anthony Kim, to Ernie Els’ efforts to remain at the top of the FedExCup standings, golf fans will enjoy the best the PGA TOUR has to offer.”
This year will mark the first time Woods has competed in The Barclays at The Ridgewood Country Club after he was forced to miss the 2008 event while recovering from knee surgery. He finished T2 last year at Liberty National, one stroke behind Heath Slocum.
The Tuesday after the Deutsche Bank Championship concludes American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin will announce his four captain’s picks — one of which, let’s be real, will be Woods. And I’m willing to put $1,000 on that.