Imagine Tiger Woods ranked 50th in the world. It’s easier than you might initially think.
After a disastrous PGA Championship, and an average WGC Bridgestone event the previous week, Woods, for the first time in his career, really doesn’t have a place to play. His lacklustre golf, coupled with an injury to his Achilles tendon, meant he had to come up with brilliance out of the gate to have any hope of competing in the PGA Tour’s four tournament playoff that kicks off next week at the Barclays. But his 10-over par total through the first two days of last week’s PGA Championship led to a missed cut – the first time he’s ever failed to play the weekend in golf’s fourth major of the year.
The PGA Tour created the FedEx Cup and resulting playoff as an attempt – at least partially – to get Woods and his fellow stars to play more frequently after the PGA Championship. But after two days of lousy driving, Woods finds himself on the outside looking in, 129th on the FedEx Cup standings and without an invite to four of the top tournaments on the tour. He could have still played his way in this week in Greensboro, but chose not to, saying a family commitment kept him from the tournament.
Where does this leave Woods? He keeps talking about needing “reps” – his take on tipping it up in a few more tournaments – but where will those come from. He could – horror of horrors – play some of the PGA Tour’s lesser “fall finish” events, the tournaments usually relegated to those trying to hold onto their playing privileges for the following year. But that sounds unlikely, even though Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, said he wasn’t sure what the next step for the golfer would be.
So it is off to the doctor – in this case Woods’ Canadian swing doctor Sean Foley – who will continue to prescribe two-a-days of practices flighting the ball, with a side dose of stack and tilt.