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BMW's killer plot: Atlanta, Australia and Tiger?

Posted on: September 18, 2011 10:41 am
Edited on: September 18, 2011 11:01 am
 

LEMONT, Ill. -- Somehow, we're guessing that he's watching.

Among the myriad subplots in the final round of the BMW Championship, which includes identifying the eventual winner, the cementing of the 20 automatic berths on the two Presidents Cup rosters, and who advances to the FedEx Cup series finale next week in Atlanta, is one that's just as juicy.

Tiger Woods is on the cusp of being deemed ineligible to play in his fall tournament, according to its own rules.

Woods at the moment sits at No. 46 in the world rankings. If he falls outside the top 50 when the new list is issued late Sunday night after play at Cog Hill is completed, he's technically ineligible to play in his own event, the Chevron World Challenge, on Dec. 1-4.

It could be very, very close.

Woods isn't playing in the four-event FedEx Cup series because he wasn't among the top 125 in seasonal points, which means he has been falling steadily in the world ranking. Moreover, his last victory on the PGA Tour was two years ago in the BMW event, so it's fallen off his two-year ranking window.

We'll spare you the various projections and permutations of what needs to happen today for the players lined up immediately behind Woods in the current world ranking, because it's an absurd pursuit to track what might happen -- each move by a certain player affects the points of another. But here is where the principles stand:

No. 47 Bill Haas, on the bubble for a Presidents Cup berth and highly motivated, is T3 at the BMW and surely going to move up in the world rankings if he holds his position through the final round.

No. 48 Sergio Garcia, despite claiming he doesn’t care if he advances to Atlanta next week, is T7 on the BMW board and is also looking at jumping Woods in the world ranking if he retains his current spot.

No. 49 Jonathan Byrd is T36 and is the one guy who could be Woods' salvation unless he mounts a rally today. Most projections, based on the assumption the players between Nos. 47-50 hold their third-round positions through Sunday's play, posit Woods at No. 49. Byrd appears to be the key at this point.

No. 50 Geoff Ogilvy, another player highly motivated because of his uncertain Presidents Cup status, is T3 and looking at a big jump on several points lists tonight.

Beyond that, world No. 47 Robert Allenby is T17 and No. 62 Mark Wilson is T7. Each could make a massive leap in the world ranking with a big final round.

So, if Woods get bounced from the top 50, what happens next? Chevron tournament officials would have to ask the PGA Tour Policy Board to rewrite the status of the event so that Woods could play. As a condition of receiving world ranking points, the two sponsor exemptions at Chevron can be awarded to those ranked in the top 50 when the Sept. 19 world rankings are issued.

The tour Policy Board could eliminate that provision, and quite likely would, if Chevron wants to add Woods to the field and he falls outside the top 50. It was unclear whether the OWGR would need to administer any sort of waiver so Woods could play.

The world ranking means little to TV viewers and ticketholders, of course. You can bet that Chevron wants the show pony on hand -- the company has twice been forced to stage the big-money event without Woods after signing on as a sponsor, including in 2009, when the sex scandal was at a full boil and Woods declined to play, citing injuries sustained a few days earlier in his curious, one-car crash outside his Florida home. The tournament took a huge hit as the scandal brewed.

It's not so much the minutiae of the rankings that's interesting here, but the fact that Woods has had such a spectacular fall through the rankings that's so compelling -- he started the season at No. 2 -- and that rules might need to be changed just to include him in his own, unofficial event.

Already this year, he didn’t play in the AT&T National or Deutsche Bank events, which help benefit his charity, because he was injured or ineligible. Greg McLaughlin, who runs both Woods' charity and the Chevron event, has not indicated how they would proceed if Woods fails to remain in the top 50.

Category: Golf
Comments

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:44 am
 

BMW's killer plot: Atlanta, Australia and Tiger?

Well said Popeye. I am happily married too with 4 children and 1 grandchild.



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:37 pm
 

BMW's killer plot: Atlanta, Australia and Tiger?


I'm willing to bet at least 80 percent of you don't have a wife and kids.  And I'm willing to bet of the 20 percent on these boards that are married with children at least half of you aren't in a happy marriage and don't have the slightest clue about anything in life.

redwings-  You sure have a very negative view on your fellow man.  For me, I am happily married with 2 childresn, and 2 grandchildren.  For someone to feel as negative as you, there has to be some major problems in your life.  Maybe you shouldn't lower the boom on the rest of us just because you feel bad.  I recognize that there are lots of unhappy marriage but 20%.  I have a feeling you are in that 20% you mentioned.  Just don't pull the rest of us into your misery.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 8:46 pm
 

BMW's killer plot: Atlanta, Australia and Tiger?

@redwing: you have really strong feelings and beliefs about this and that needs to be respected. My own views are that neither of these guys (Vick or Tiger) have put themselves in the same league as mass murderers and child molesters. That does not mean I condone their behavior.

I also have learned over the years to not judge any marital breakdown because only the two people in the marriage know the whole story. Maybe it is as simple as Tiger is a scumbag but I have seen so much blame during breakdowns and sometimes the person who villainizes their ex is not as lilly white as things may seem on the surface. I am not saying Tiger's wife is not lilly white but all judgement by us outsiders are without the whole story.

Regardless, where do we draw the line where we say "that person does not deserve a second chance to become a better person."

I guess we draw the line at very different places.



Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 4:02 pm
 

BMW's killer plot: Atlanta, Australia and Tiger?

@redwings1969,

I completely understand and respect your position on infidelity. I don't agree that it's unforgiveable, but I understand your position. I believe all sins are forgiveable. Whether I can forgive you or not is a different question, but I'm sure there's someone or something (maybe even Patches) that can.

What I will say for sure is that there is such a sickness as sex addiction.  Just as there's alcoholism, cigarette addiction, drug addictions, gambling addiction, you get my point.  It's high time we Americans stop being so prudish and acknowledge that these addictions exist in our society at a much higher rate than we're willing to let on.  Until we do, we'll live in denial and be unable to help those we love the most get through their problems, because we don't see a "sickness" just someone we cannot forgive.  And I'm sure you'll agree that waiting until the family is all broken up to face the problem is the way most families seem to be solving the problem these days.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 12:20 pm
 

BMW's killer plot: Atlanta, Australia and Tiger?

redwings, all I can say is, if I had a dog I wouldn't want someone like you looking after it.

Thanks anyway, but I have my own dog to look after.  He sits at my feet as I'm on my computer working all day long.  His name is patches, he's a great dog, part of the family in a big way.  BUT....  I will never put people on the same level as any animal, not today and not ever. 

What Michael Vick did I already said was DISGUSTING beyond belief, I could never do something like that.  What I'm saying though is as a married man and father of two young boys,  what Tiger Woods did was even worse in my opinion.  What Tiger did has a long term effect that goes far beyond the death of some pitbulls.  His wife goes from a married lady with 2 beautiful children living a normal life to a circus of a life, a complete joke compared to what she had before.  His little kids grow up without a dad IN THE HOUSE helping to raise them, teach them, guide them.  The kids will also grow up with a reputation they don't want as well, as kids who's father was in the media world wide years ago for leading a double life.  The problem with you people is you think money solves all problems.  You think just because his wife and kids are going to live a life with more money then they even need that everything is going to be ok.

I'm willing to bet at least 80 percent of you don't have a wife and kids.  And I'm willing to bet of the 20 percent on these boards that are married with children at least half of you aren't in a happy marriage and don't have the slightest clue about anything in life. You think a man that lived a double life for such a long time having sex with everything that moves is something that can be forgiven?  Really? I don't, not at all.  This isn't a guy that went to a bar, got drunk, got hit on by a girl and made a mistake.  MAYBE that could be forgiven.... what Tiger Woods did was a thousand times worse then that.  He led a double life, planned how he was going to hurt his family on a daily basis and up until the very last second was texting the slut he was banging warning her and trying to get away with what he did. 

But yeah.... I almost forgot none of this happens if Tiger Woods doesn't have a "sickness"  or isn't a "sex addict".... LOL   



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 10:30 pm
 

BMW's killer plot: Atlanta, Australia and Tiger?

Vick went to jail because what he did was criminal. Tiger to our knowledge was not involved in any criminal activity. That is why he was not put in jail and Vick was.

Who are we to decide that someone's lifestyle choices have taken him past the point of not deserving a second chance. I do believe some people do something so horrendous they do NOT deserve a second chance. My list include murderers, child molesters, drunk drivers that kill someone, maybe some politicians who sent us into wars where tens of thousands died only to find out their motives were wealth and oil- not liberty and freedom; some financiers who stole millions from honest citizens in ponzi schemes, Hitler and others who committed crimes against humanity.

Sorry, a guy who didn't keep it in his pants is not on my list of those not deserving a second chance. Vick the dog torturer is not on my list of those who should face a life sentence.

Plus who is to judge a marriage from the outside looking in? Who really knows the whole story? He and his wife; not us.

So people can change. They can become better. They can learn from their mistakes and some have to hit rock bottom before really making improvements.

Tiger and Vick both have the chance to do a lot of good in this world. Alan Legere does not. (For those of you who do not know Legere, you can google him and you will see what I am saying).



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2011 10:22 pm
 

BMW's killer plot: Atlanta, Australia and Tiger?


popeye: Yeah why do YOU keep talking about Tiger? Why don't you answer the question yourself?



It may have something to do with freedom of speech.  What's your problem,bud.  You're good with the one liners.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: September 18, 2011 8:45 pm
 

BMW's killer plot: Atlanta, Australia and Tiger?

popeye: Yeah why do YOU keep talking about Tiger? Why don't you answer the question yourself?



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: September 18, 2011 8:43 pm
 

BMW's killer plot: Atlanta, Australia and Tiger?

redwings, all I can say is, if I had a dog I wouldn't want someone like you looking after it.



Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2011 8:20 pm
 

BMW's killer plot: Atlanta, Australia and Tiger?

Tigers bar has been so lowered, that when he stays in the top 50, he will deem it a victory.  These are the only kind of victories that Tiger ll be experiencing anytime soon. It is a sham that Couples even picked Tiger for the Presidents Cup, a total insult to more desereving golfers.  Couples did nothing but play pure politics with that one.  Nice Freddie, pick a guy that is not in the top 125 of the Fed-Ex Cup, really nice.


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