It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Tiger Woods has decided to add The Barclays when the FedEx Cup Playoffs start next week. According to his website, Woods has added the event to his schedule. The top-ranked golfer in the world and the man with a sizable lead in the FedEx Cup standings will be going after the $10 million prize. Woods currently doesn’t have any other events on his schedule until October, as he is presumably leaving those dates open in order to participate in the playoff progression.
The full field won’t be finalized until the conclusion of play this week, but much of Woods’ competition has been decided for quite some time now. There are still plenty of players fighting to get into the playoffs, but the biggest names in the world have been assured of their spots for a while.
This marks just the fourth time in the seven year history of the playoffs that Woods has played in the kick-off event. He missed one year because of injury and another because he was not eligible. In 2007, which was the first year the playoffs took on their current format, Woods skipped the first event in the playoff race but had such a commanding lead in the points that he still managed to win the FedEx Cup.
There is a great deal of intrigue surrounding how Woods is going to perform in the playoffs. He hasn’t showed well in majors this year but does still have five wins to his credit. Does he treat this event as a major or simply another tournament? That mindset he takes could have a major impact on his performance