Tiger Woods, No. 2 in points after a stunning T65 finish Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, announced on Wednesday that he will play in next week’s BMW Championship, the third of four FedExCup playoff events on the PGA Tour schedule, as well as next month in the Presidents Cup.
Woods, who entered the playoffs at the top of the standings thanks to his five-win 2013 season, never got it going at TPC Boston over Labor Day weekend. Now just 14 points behind TPC Boston winner Henrik Stenson in the race for the $10 million FEC payoff, Woods was named tour Player of the Month for August after his T2 finish at The Barclays and victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
The top 70 players advanced from the DBC to the no-cut BMW at Conway Farms Golf Club near Chicago, which offers 2,500 points to the winner. Still first in the world rankings, Woods’ aim in the season-ending series has been to get to the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta as one of the top five players of the 30 who qualify for the finale.
Any golfer among the top five would capture the cup by winning at East Lake, which will host the Tour Championship from Sept. 19-22. After Stenson and Woods, the next three on the ladder are Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Graham DeLaet.
"We're just trying to play for position going to East Lake,'' Woods, who has won the BMW Championship and FedExCup title twice (2007, 2009), said after his final-round 2-over 73 at the Deutsche Bank. "What's important is obviously after Chicago, that I'm in the top five, hopefully first, so I have the best chance to win the cup."
Woods also looked forward to the Presidents Cup, which will take place at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. He noted on his website that U.S. captain Fred Couples chose rookie Jordan Spieth and 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson to round out the 12-player squad that will take on the Internationals from Oct. 3-6.
Woods, slated to make his eighth Prez Cup appearance, will join teammates Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Steve Stricker, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson on the American side.
Captain Nick Price made Marc Leishman and Brendon de Jonge his picks to join the Internationals lineup of Scott, DeLaet, Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Richard Sterne and Angel Cabrera.
Woods made sure to note that his guys own a 7-1-1 edge in the biennial competition, which started in 1994.