Greensboro - Tiger Woods will attempt to bounce back from his latest Major
disappointment on Thursday when he tees off at the Wyndham Championship hoping
for an unlikely victory to catapult him into the Fedex Cup playoffs.
The fallen world number one missed the cut at last week's PGA Championship
at Whistling Straits, the third time this year he has failed to go beyond the
halfway stage at a Major tournament.
The early exit left Woods languishing at 286th in the world rankings, and
means he will need a near-miraculous performance at Sedgefield Country Club
here this week to force his way into the postseason picture.
A win would guarantee Woods a spot in the first leg of the four-tournament
playoffs, although a solo second finish could be enough to elevate him into the
top 125 players eligible for the postseason.
A relaxed and smiling Woods showed no sign of the gloom which has enveloped
his game this year when he played a pro-am on Wednesday alongside Los Angeles
Clippers NBA star Chris Paul.
Woods said the key to his performance in North Carolina this week would be
"I need to get more consistent with everything and start stringing
together, not just holes, not just rounds, but tournaments," Woods told
"And that's why this tournament is important to me. Hopefully I can win
it and get in the playoffs and start playing a bunch of golf.
"If not then I've got a big break and some overseas stuff that I've got
to do later in the year. Basically if I don't win this event I'll have my
The 14-time Major winner's participation at Wyndham - the first time he has
ever played the event - was only confirmed on Monday. Woods said he had waited
to see how his weary frame had reacted to the rigors of last week's PGA
"I wanted to see first of all how my body was going to be feeling.
After grinding out and trying to play Whistling Straits, I've just been
practising, seeing how everything felt, ready to go ... trying to make a push
for the playoffs," the 39-year-old said.
The father-of-two revealed that active parenting had helped him return to
fitness after the misery of surgery last year which left him immobilized.
"Right before and after the surgery last year, I wasn't able to live
life with my kids anymore. That was the hardest part," Woods said.
"I was laying on the bed or on the couch and I couldn't participate in
their life or do anything. My kids are very active.
"Now that I'm healthy we're playing soccer every day, I'm running every
day, that's one of the reasons I'm as skinny as I am. To be able to do those
type of things...that to me is what life's all about."
Woods is one of six former world number one ranked players in the field,
which includes England's Luke Donald, Australia's Adam Scott and Germany's