• Rejuvenated Woods ready for BMW Championship

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    CHICAGO: Tiger Woods used a week off to strengthen his sore back and he says he’s ready to make a run at US PGA Tour playoff points leader Henrik Stenson.

    Stenson roared past Woods to the top of the table by winning the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston two weeks ago.

    The 37-year-old Swede will be trying to maintain that position at the $8 million BMW Championship, starting Thursday at Conway Farms Golf Club.

    Woods, who remains world number one, will aim to finish the season on top, especially after the week off between tournaments.

    “That was nice, it was nice to have that week of treatment, strengthening, so that was all good, and practicing towards the end of the week,” Woods said after he carded a bogey-free 68 in the pro-am on Wednesday.

    Conway Farms is hosting a US PGA Tour event for the first time, but has hosted two US Golf Association championships.

    Woods, whose wins in the Chicago area include two PGA Championship titles at Medinah and five US Tour wins at Cog Hill, says he likes playing in front of Windy City sports fans.

    “It’s a great sporting town,” Woods said. “They come out and support their events. This will be a fun crowd.”

    AFP

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