Tiger Woods is about to do something he has rarely done in his career and something he hasn’t done this season.
He will show up and play in all three of the opening FedEx Cup playoff events.
Woods had previously committed to the first two — The Northern Trust next week then the Dell in Boston. He must be feeling really good about that runnerup at the PGA because he’s now going to play in the BMW at Aronimink as well — going three straight weeks.
The Tour has an open week between the BMW and the Tour Championship so assuming that Woods continues to play well, he’s sitting at No. 20 on the FedEx Cup points list (yeah, ahead of Rory McIlroy), he should make it to East Lake, meaning he will play four times over a five-week span.
One player you won’t see next week at Ridgewood to start the playoffs is Rickie Fowler.
Fowler’s camp announced this week that he’ll need some time off to recover from what was first thought to be a strained oblique muscle. Turns out an MRI early this week showed a partial tear in the muscle. You could see it during the final round at the PGA. Fowler had trouble finding the fairway and he’s typically a good driver of the golf ball.
Rickie needs to take care of that. He is No. 17 so he’ll make it to East Lake. He needs to be healthy for the Ryder Cup.
And speaking of Ryder Cup, you can bank on Jim Furyk making Woods one of his four captain’s picks.