Tiger to Miss First of Four Playoff Events

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the Barclays Logo 2007Tiger Woods will skip the first playoff event for the FedExCup, a setback for PGA TOUR officials who promoted this as a 'new era in golf' and a reminder to the public that majors are what matter most.
 
Woods, the No. 1 seed when the PGA TOUR Playoffs begin at The Barclays next week, said Friday he was tired from back-to-back victories in the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone and the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, which he won in 100-degree heat for his 13th major.
 
'My body is spent and I need a short break,' Woods said.
 
That will leave The Barclays only a 143-man field for the start of its playoffs, and missing the No. 1 player in golf.
 
Woods had said in recent weeks that he 'intended' to play all four playoff weeks through the Tour Championship, although it looked doubtful given the last two weeks. Firestone was similar to a major if not more difficult -- Woods was the only player to break par -- and Southern Hills featured a week's worth of triple-digit temperatures.
 
Tour officials have said players could not afford to miss any playoff event to capture the $10 million prize, although there is no guarantee Woods will lose is No. 1 seed going into the second tournament, the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston, where he is the defending champion.
 
'We're disappointed that Tiger will not be playing The Barclays next week,' PGA TOUR spokesman Ty Votaw said. 'It's clear from Tiger's statement he remains focused on winning the FedExCup. Whether he can do it will be one of the many exciting things our fans will be following over the next four weeks.'
 
Woods said he would play the next three playoff events, then take a week off before The Presidents Cup.
 
'It is still my goal to win the FedExCup and I am hopeful this will give me the best opportunity to finish the year strong,' Woods said.
 
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