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Greensboro on Woods' radar screen in FedEx fight

Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:53 am
Edited on: August 4, 2011 11:29 pm
 
AKRON, Ohio -- With most of the world watching this week with acute interest, a certain corner of the world will be paying attention to Tiger Woods' comeback this week for an entirely different reason.

Some will be openly rooting against him.

As he prepares to play for the first time in three months this week, Woods stands 135th in FedEx Cup points with three PGA Tour events remaining before the cutoff date for the so-called playoff series. Only the top 125 in points advance, which means two-time FedEx champion Woods needs to piece together some fast results at the Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship next week in Atlanta.

Otherwise, there's only one more stop -- the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., an event that few would ever have envisioned being on Woods' radar screen.

Yet given his position at this point, and the fact that Woods would be looking at a five-week stretch when he would not be able to play on the U.S. tour, it's certainly a possibility that's been broached.

Wyndham tournament director Mark Brazil had lunch with Woods at Firestone Country Club on Wednesday, though he says they never discussed the Greensboro tournament. However, Brazil has been in touch with Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent, about the possibility of Woods playing at the second-tier tour stop.

"I think it's a really small, outside chance that he'll play here, to be honest," Brazil said Thursday. "But say he's hitting it well and not scoring, feeling pretty good about how he is playing and wants to give it a go, we'll be ready for him if he decides to come."

Greensboro is one of the oldest stops on tour, but has rarelly picked up many top players over the past decade. With the big-money FedEx series immediately following, and the Bridgestone and PGA preceeding it, the top guns usually take Wyndham week off to rest up for the toughest, busiest stretch of the year.

But Woods' camp is clearly exploring the possibility of playing.

"I have been in contact with Mark Steinberg about what the chances are and what needs to happen," Brazil said.

Brazil acknowledged that for there to be any chance for Woods to play in his event, the former world No. 1 needs to put up unimpressive numbers the next two weeks -- points are gained based on his place in the final results. Half of North Carolina will pulling against Woods when he plays at the Bridgestone and PGA, in other words.

"It's a terrible position to be in," Brazil said.

Ernie Els is another multiple major winner who is outside the top 125 in points. Over the years, the Wyndham has been helped and hurt by its spot on the calendar, but has benefitted when star players like Sergio Garcia have added the tournament to their schedules in hopes of picking up FedEx points.

"Sometimes it works for us, sometimes it works against us," Brazil said.
Comments

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: August 7, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Greensboro on Woods' radar screen in FedEx fight

Tiger Wolf to step down in class to manage a win.  Soon he will be playing for money at public golf courses so watch for him.




Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2011 2:04 am
 

Greensboro on Woods' radar screen in FedEx fight

because its a guaranteed win if he enters ???



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Why not?

If he doesn't make the FedEx Cup after these two tournaments, he should play in Greensboro.  After all, any win is still a win.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Greensboro on Woods' radar screen in FedEx fight

Bonadrag - GREAT stuff!  Pretty much not showing up intoxicated.  That's HYSTERICAL!  Anyone else who doesn't realize he's being sarcastic - LIGHTEN UP FRANCIS!  I hate it for Greensboro - they put on a good tournament every year.  Great fun - used to live there and work at it and it's got a lot of solid golf fans - but it's also got a lot of people who are just there for the party too.  Being the week before the FedEx Playoffs start (REALLY?!?! We needed playoffs in golf?!?!), I think even more pros will skip it than in the past.  Davis Love III used to be there every year and fans there love him (yes, I realize part of that is because he played college golf an hour from there and people there love the Tar Heels).  I know we can't force guys to play every tournament, but it's a shame many big names turn a blind eye to Greensboro.  BTW, is anyone else getting tired of all the Tiger bashing?  Yeah, he's a sleazeball I wouldn't let within a three wood of any women I know, but do we really need to hear so many rants about it? 



Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Greensboro on Woods' radar screen in FedEx fight

I do not hate Woods for what he did or whom he cheated on. I could care less.   I have disliked him throughout the years for his attitude and the persona he presented. I never liked him.   I sensed a falseness within him.   True, however, I watched golf tournaments because of him, I watched in hopes of seeing him lose, and that feeling of mine goes back to when he was winning.  For awhile he was the best golfer in the world, does that mean we all have to love him.  I appreciated his ability, but I didn't root for him.  And I don't root for him today.  I smile to see that he is tied for 37th today.  Anyone but him.



Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Greensboro on Woods' radar screen in FedEx fight

I do not hate Woods for what he did or whom he cheated on. I could care less.   I have disliked him throughout the years for his attitude and the persona he presented. I never liked him.   I sensed a falseness within him.   True, however, I watched golf tournaments because of him, I watched in hopes of seeing him lose, and that feeling of mine goes back to when he was winning.  For awhile he was the best golfer in the world, does that mean we all have to love him.  I appreciated his ability, but I didn't root for him.  And I don't root for him today.  I smile to see that he is tied for 37th today.  Anyone but him.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:38 am
 

Greensboro on Woods' radar screen in FedEx fight

While I despise the whole cheating thing with Tiger Woods... it never ceases to amaze me just how much people hate this guy over an issue that is none of our business. Yes I agree he signed up for the scrutiny when he started making $100m a year but at the end of the day he didn't harm anyone but himself and his family with his actions. It is what it is I guess... but make no mistake... the PGA Tour needs Tiger Woods desperately... whether you or I like it or not. Love the Darren Clarks, Rory Mcilroys, Nick Watneys etc. but at the end of the day it's currently Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods that carry and DOMINATE the Tour TV ratings. Again... whether you or I like it or not... the numbers show that to be simply the facts.



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Greensboro on Woods' radar screen in FedEx fight

Aside from you, millions of television viewers worldwide. Perhaps the TV networks should check with pistonfan before they schedule any telecasts. How often have the Pistons won? How often has Woods won? Case closed, viewers prefer winners. Play your 8-track and enjoy your weekend on the stoop.



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Greensboro on Woods' radar screen in FedEx fight

It was so refreshing watching the top golfers play and compete against who was hot at any given weekend. So lets keep the camera off those that are 30th in world ranking and not incotention for the Fedex Cup. Why are we watching Tiger hit every shot?



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Greensboro on Woods' radar screen in FedEx fight

I think it's hilarious that golfers take smaller tournaments off to "rest up" for a bigger one. Are these guys playing football or entering a boxing match during the tournament that we don't know about? I think the training regimen for being ready to golf is pretty much not showing up intoxicated.

"Some will be openly rooting against him." Some will not only be doing that, but writing daily articles on every time Tiger leaves the house, thinly hiding a very transparent man-crush of epic proportions.


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