Tiger Woods prepares for first Tour Championship in five years

May JohnsonSep 25, 2018

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, Tony Finau hits on the 17th tee during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. ony Finau has been named to the Ryder Cup team, the final pick by USA captain Jim Furyk.

If Finau wins this week, he will claim the FedEx Cup championship and the $10 million bonus prize that goes with it.

It has been five years since 14-time major champion Woods' last win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, a string of back surgeries forcing him to spend prolonged spells away from the course.

With all 30 players competing in the Tour Championship able to win the FedEx Cup, the stakes are high at East Lake National, although we'll admit it doesn't look promising for Patton Kizzire.

It was an example that even some of the best in the world can't bank on making it back to East Lake without playing great golf. The leader will head to East Lake on 10 under par, with number two on eight under, third on seven under and so on before the final four in the standings beginning on level par. "I've changed some of my technique as well as my equipment, and I'm very close".

Tony Finau (16-1): It's nearly unfathomable that you could play the way Finau has all season and not win a single time (more on that below).

If the recently-turned 25-year old should capture the season-ending Tour Championship he becomes FedEx Cup champion.

"I'm excited about the Ryder Cup and excited about the FedEx Cup", Finau said last week while in Utah for a tournament supporting his Tony Finau Foundation. No one, not even Woods, has won the FedEx Cup in successive years.

"It's exciting to be back", said Woods. "I just want to play a little bit better and beat him". "So, there's some guys that can't say that they've accomplished that, that they've gotten into the Tour Championship".

The challenge for Woods now is finding a way to win without the intimidation factor and big advantage in talent, and with a rebuilt body. But McIlroy has three top-10s (and another T-12) in his last five events. Woods will be on the charter Sunday night to France for his first Ryder Cup since 2012.

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"It's always been something - I haven't driven it well, I haven't hit my irons well, I haven't putted it well".

"The season itself has been awesome, to be able to have played this well after coming off of what I came off of".

"Hopefully that will come together here this week".

"That takes a lot off stress next year because you can pick and choose your events for the whole season and tailor it to peaking around the majors", Smith said.

Woods has developed a greater appreciation for the game after his injury-forced absence and hinted at an interest in representing the United States at the next Olympics.

Once again, Fleetwood displayed his enormous talent with back-to-back 62s at Aronimink last week, and at one point shared the lead in the final round. "To have worked my way back to that point". They were switched two years ago.

"Put it this way".

"Four-under through six, unfortunately I just didn't keep it going but if I keep swinging and hitting the ball like that I should be right up there at the end of the week", McIlroy said.

The permutations for Tiger to win the FedEx Cup are rather complicated, with him needing to win and hope most of the top 5 finish outside the top two with DeChambeau having to falter to T15 or worse.

"It's something that I haven't done in a number of years, and this is a good starting point".

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