GREENSBORO, US: Tiger Woods will attempt to bounce back from his latest Major disappointment on Thursday (Friday in Manila) 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 greater consistency.
“I need to get more consistent with everything and start stringing together, not just holes, not just rounds, but tournaments,” Woods told reporters.
“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 off-season early.”