Even though there is no FedEx Cup Playoff event this week it has been a busy one for Tiger Woods. So far during the off week, Woods has been named the PGA Tour Player of the Month for August and has committed to playing in both the BMW Championship next week and the Presidents Cup in October.
As the second ranked player in the FedEx Cup standings, Woods doesn’t necessarily need to play in the penultimate playoff event but he is going to tee it up nonetheless. It’s a wise move on his part to play next week if for no other reason than to use it as a tune-up for the big one – the TOUR Championship – when $10 million will be on the line.
Even though he has cleared some events from his schedule later in the year, there was little doubt as to whether Tiger would play in the Presidents Cup. It’s a competition and a format that he enjoys. As long as he is still healthy, Woods will do what he can to contribute to what the American team hopes is yet another victory over the international side. The United States has only lost one time since the inception of the biennial event in 1994.
Woods’ record in August supports his selection as Player of the Month. His detractors will mention the T-40 at the PGA Championship and the surprising T-65 at last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. What they will fail to mention, however, is the fact that he won the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational and finished T-2 at The Barclays. Two finishes inside of the top 2 in a single month is an impressive feat deserving of accolades.
I’m still not sure why people insist on saying that Woods is having a poor year because he hasn’t won a major. The guy has won 5 events and has three more top-10 finishes. At most, four players a year are able to win major championships – and those events are difficult tests. That’s why they’re designated as majors.
Based on his recent commitments, it looks like we will get to see if Woods can do anything else to sway the haters.