Chicago - Tiger Woods won't be headed to the US PGA Tour Championship, his FedEx Cup playoff campaign coming to an end on Sunday with a final-round 70 at the BMW Championship.
His one-under closing effort gave Woods a one-under total of 283, well off the lead and not enough to boost him into the top 30 places in the FedEx Cup standings needed to reach the Tour Championship.
It will be the third time in five years that Woods has not played the Tour Championship. He missed in 2006 when he cut his season short, and in 2008 while recovering from knee surgery.
But it's the first time Woods will miss the event because he isn't eligible.
"That's just the way it is," Woods said. "I didn’t play well early in the year and I didn't play well in the middle of the year."
However, Woods said he was encouraged by his recent play, and believes the swing changes he has been working on with swing coach Sean Foley were coming together.
"I'm starting to play well now," Woods said. "I'm headed in the right direction, which is good, a lot of good signs, and I just need to keep working and stay the course."
Woods said he would spend a couple of weeks practising before joining his US team-mates for the Ryder Cup in Wales October 1-3.
US captain Corey Pavin selected Woods with one of his captain's picks for the biennial USA v Europe matchplay showdown.
"I can practice at home with Sean in peace and away from everybody and put some work in and also work on my short game and my putting, things I have not been able to do out here," Woods said. "It'll be nice to work on all these little things and concentrate on my game a little bit more and sharpen up."
Woods has already said he would play in November's World Golf Championships HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai and defend his Australian Masters title in November.
Not long after that victory in Australia, Woods was swept up in a scandal over his marital infidelity that tarnished his reputation, cost him several sponsors and eventually led to the break up of his marriage.