Tiger feels close to ending drought after achieving Tour Championship goal

Woods has tasted victory only once in seven Ryder Cup appearances

Woods secured his spot at East Lake (and the 2019 U.S. Open) with a 17-under score at the BWM Championship, tied for sixth. Woods' personal issues didn't bother me because I never saw him as anything more than a pro athlete selling an image, but I get why it turned off others.

He didn't make it in 2014 because of his first back surgery and his ill-advised attempt to return too early.

"In general, this is a ball striker's course", Woods said.

Woods sits 20th on the FedEx Cup rankings - but in his favor, Bill Haas came from 25th to clinch the prize in 2011.

This is one tournament where it's more about the start than the finish.

The unofficial US PGA Tour event, to be held at Metropolitan Golf Club from November 22-25, has come under heavy scrutiny since the top 28 eligible players were revealed last week. "I've exceeded a lot of my expectations and goals because so much of it was an unknown".

The only thing left to cap off a remarkable comeback would be a trophy.

He and Fowler led by one stroke from fellow American Gary Woodland and England's world number one Justin Rose.

Thomas has even more at stake.

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Woods is still searching for that elusive 80th PGA Tour victory and his last win in the FedExCup Playoffs was at the 2009 BMW Championship. Thomas was runner-up at East Lake a year ago, which was enough for him to move past Jordan Spieth and capture the cup.

"It's a weird concept, but one that I'll figure out here over the next day or so", Wood said Wednesday. Still, a win, or at least a good performance at the Tour Championship, would have potentially large significance going forward.

Blair stands in 54th place on the Web.com money list and will need a top-10 finish this week, perhaps even a top-five finish, to have any chance of qualifying.

Woods has only been on the winning side once in seven previous Ryder Cups as a player and yesterday revealed he was struggling with a back problem during the 2012 contest, when he earned just half a point from four matches as Europe recovered from 10-6 down in the "Miracle at Medinah".

"No, it's been great being grouped with Tiger and I can not say enough how good it is to see him back being competitive". However, he has failed to land inside the top 10 in his last two starts. And the number that means the most might be the tournaments he played.

Johnson, who had both a Tour Championship and FedEx Cup victory snatched from his grasp in 2016 by Rory McIlroy, also knows that victory this week in his hands.

Monahan said the victor of the FedEx Cup next year would make upward of $27 million, and he expected comprehensive player earnings to increase 12 percent, or more than $500 million.

Bradley will win the FedEx Cup if he wins at East Lake and DeChambeau does anything other than a solo second. But imagine adding a win to that recent run as we head France and the Ryder Cup.

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