Tiger Woods shoots 71, regains FedEx Cup lead

Tiger Woods shot a final-round 71 on Monday at the BMW Championship. (USATSI)
Tiger Woods shot a final-round 71 on Monday at the BMW Championship. (USATSI)

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Tiger Woods didn't win the BMW Championship but he did enough to regain the No. 1 spot in the FedEx Cup on Monday at Conway Farms.

Woods takes the FedEx Cup lead because previous No. 1 Henrik Stenson finished T33 and previous No. 2 Adam Scott finished T28 and neither got the points they needed to overcome Woods' T11 finish. 

Woods was average on Monday in an even-par 71 -- he made three birdies and three bogeys in his final round -- but the real goal was to re-assume the No. 1 spot as the playoffs turn to East Lake.

He did this handily and will now have 2,500 points as the Tour Championship starts. Stenson will have 2,250 as the golfer in second place and Scott will have 2,000 as the golfer in third. 

Zach Johnson, who won the BMW Championship, will carry 1,800 to the Tour Championship.

But back to Tiger. I actually said before this week started that a best-case scenario for Woods fans was him coming close to the top at the BMW Championship this week and carrying that momentum over to the next week for the $10 million prize.

I'm not sure how much momentum Woods can squeeze out of a T11 finish but being in first place before the Tour Championship and retaining those 2,500 points is as good a scenario as Woods could have asked for, even if he'd won the BMW Championship.

It's a strange thing as someone who follows golf to watch Tiger's fans get egregiously excited about him being within, say, five shots going into the final round of a tournament and knowing he's definitely not going to win.

We all know the Tiger formula for now (or we should) -- solid on Thursday, take control on Friday and Saturday, stave off the field on Sunday.

To think Tiger's formula is anything else at this point is just foolish.

Woods played in all black on Monday -- there was no red to be found -- which is what he should always wear in final rounds of tournaments in which he's not leading or just one or two back. Because that's the metaphor for what he does without the lead.

That's not a shot at Woods -- I think he's been the best golfer in the world this year -- but fans need to stop clamoring for monster comebacks that aren't happening and be glad Woods got what he likely wanted:

A No. 1 spot at the Tour Championship and legitimate shot at $10 million.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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