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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
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Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2011 8:10 pm
 

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


But I hope all you're saying is that you don't think Tiger is reformed because he hasn't suffered consequences that you believe would rise to the level of going to jail. To which I'd say, you're entitled to your opinion, but why don't you try losing nearly $200 million (not including his divorce settlement), a hot wife, two beautiful children, your entire life's reputation, your prominence in the world and tell me if you don't think those facts equate to life changing akin to those that Vick experienced.

Leland-So Tiger loses $200million, but how much does he have left.  Vick lost all of his money and owed tens of millions to different people and is having to give most of his guaranteed contract money to people he owed.  No comparision in the finance department.

As for the hot wife, I assumed he has about 20 other females to take her place.

No way Tiger's demise is equal to what Vick had to go thru.  Especially the jail time and lots of people still hate Vick too.

So in one corner we have Vick who spent couple years in prison, lost all his money and is hated.

In the other corner we have Tiger who still has hundred of millions of dollars, spent no time in prison and   is hated.

No comparsion.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2011 7:35 pm
 

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

I agree with you on one thing though, comparing Vick's criminal offenses to Tiger's infidelity is like comparing a glass of water to a glass of JD with a Glenmorangie chaser.  But, even the most ardent of Tiger haters would be hard pressed to deny that what he's gone through over the last two years is life changing.

Yep, no comparison at all. To me, what Tiger did was 100 times worse then what Vick did.  Vick was stupid, disgusting actually. He hurt pitbulls, killed them, tortured them.  But what Tiger did was destroy his wife, his children and his family.  That's worth more then 1 million pitbulls.  His kid might grow up with money but will also grow up as the kid who's famous dad was all over the tabloids for destroying their family. 



Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: September 18, 2011 5:33 pm
 

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

popeye47, if I'm reading this correctly and you're asserting that Tiger does not deserve a second chance because he didn't go to jail for cheating on his wife and getting beat up by his wife when she found out, then your comment is absolutely idiotic.

But I hope all you're saying is that you don't think Tiger is reformed because he hasn't suffered consequences that you believe would rise to the level of going to jail. To which I'd say, you're entitled to your opinion, but why don't you try losing nearly $200 million (not including his divorce settlement), a hot wife, two beautiful children, your entire life's reputation, your prominence in the world and tell me if you don't think those facts equate to life changing akin to those that Vick experienced.

I agree with you on one thing though, comparing Vick's criminal offenses to Tiger's infidelity is like comparing a glass of water to a glass of JD with a Glenmorangie chaser.  But, even the most ardent of Tiger haters would be hard pressed to deny that what he's gone through over the last two years is life changing.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2011 5:30 pm
 

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

Jim-  Aren't you forgetting a few facts.  Vick went to jail which would probably change anyone's mind.  Tiger wasn't convicted of anything especially no jail time.  A little difference in the circumstances, wouldn't you think.  Like comparing apples to oranges.

Don't kid yourself man. I and every other guy with a wife and children at home convicted Tiger, we convicted him of being a SCUMBAG. Only a scumbag, a loser, and a poor excuse for a human being leaves his wive at home with his kid while living a secret double life on the side screwing everything and anything that moves.  Only a scumbag when he gets caught blames what he did on a sexual sickness or on being a "sex addict".   He's a worthless piece of crap is what he is....

So yeah, anybody with a brain convicted him a long long time ago.  His failures since then on the PGA tour is what's called charma baby !!!! 



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2011 4:57 pm
 

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


If Vick deserves a second chance with the public after the horrible, criminal things he did, Tiger deserves a chance to redeem himself too.



Jim-  Aren't you forgetting a few facts.  Vick went to jail which would probably change anyone's mind.  Tiger wasn't convicted of anything especially no jail time.  A little difference in the circumstances, wouldn't you think.  Like comparing apples to oranges.



Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2011 4:54 pm
 

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

Why do we keep talking about Tiger.  Hasn't won a major in 3 years and any kind of a tournament in 2 years.  I guess it must be a slow day at espn or cbs.  lol.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2011 2:23 pm
 

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

What do ya wanna bet that he'd get a special exemption?  They'd call it the "GREATEST PLAYER TO EVER PLAY THE GAME IN OUR LIFETIME" exemption.  They can invite whom ever they want to invite.  Tiger could play in a cerimonious capacity, and looky there, he wins the thing.  I guess that means he's eligible NEXT year.    

 



Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2011 1:10 pm
 

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

Elling musta been just giddy writing this story...I think Tiger mighta tapped Ellings wife or something...



Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:10 pm
 

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

Another day - another manufactured Tiger story.  For a guy that hasn't won in 2 years and isn't even eligible to play in the Fed-Ex playoff, Woods sure gets a lot of the press.  The BMW itself is relegated to also ran status.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:06 pm
 

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

Sad to see how far Tiger has fallen. So far glad to see this story is not drawing all the Tiger hating comments. Tiger did some bad things but many of his critics probably would have done the same thing if THEY had beautiful women throwing themselves at them. If Vick deserves a second chance with the public after the horrible, criminal things he did, Tiger deserves a chance to redeem himself too.

Hopefully he does and although he will likely never be dominant, here is hoping he gets his game back on track. Would be exciting to see him healthy and competing against the young guns who have surfaced since his demise.


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