Woods Reappears at Wachovia Championship


2007 Wachovia ChampionshipCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jim Furyk won the Wachovia Championship last year in the middle of an impressive season that saw him post 14 top-10 finishes and vault to No. 2 in the world rankings.
He backed into a playoff when Brett Wetterich three-putted for bogey at the 72nd hole, then won the playoff with a par when Wetterich bogeyed No. 18 again.
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods will be teeing it up for the third time at the Wachovia Championship. (WireImage)
The year before, Furyk lost a playoff to Vijay Singh.
'I've seen enough of 18 for another year, I promise you that,' Furyk said after last year's win. 'I had to see it three times on Sunday last year and twice this time. So I've had enough.'
The only man in front of Furyk in the world rankings, No. 1 Tiger Woods, is playing this week for the first time since he finished runner-up to Zach Johnson at the Masters.
Woods tied for 11th place in his last Wachovia Championship appearance in 2005, never breaking 70 in the four rounds. The year before, he tied for third place after shooting a 75 on Saturday.
Including Woods and Furyk, 18 of the top 20 golfers in the world rankings will be in the field this weekend -- a tough break for the middle-of-the-road players looking to collect a share of the $6.3 million purse.
Indeed, the four previous Wachovia Championships have produced three top-flight winners -- Furyk, Vijay Singh and David Toms -- and another, Joey Sindelar, who has posted wins in each of the last three decades.
The GOLF CHANNEL will broadcast the first two rounds, and CBS will have the weekend.
Next week is the transplanted PLAYERS Championship, which was won by Stephen Ames last season two weeks prior to the Masters.
But back to this week and the big guns to watch out for:
Tiger Woods
Tiger returns to action having not played since his runner-up finish at the Masters. Even though this will be just his sixth PGA TOUR event, Woods has still somehow managed to position himself atop the money list. He also leads the TOUR in scoring average and trails only Singh in the FedExCup standings. Although he didn't play in last's year event due to being with his ailing father Earl, who passed away the Wednesday before the tournament, Woods placed in a tie for 11th in '05 and third in '04. With the tournament now having been decided three straight years in a playoff, it's worth noting that - surprise! - Tiger also owns the best playoff winning percentage of all-time on the PGA TOUR.
Vijay Singh
The Fijian already has two wins this year, sits atop the FedExCup points list and apparently has quite a grasp on the Quail Hollow course. In his four starts in Charlotte, Singh has three top-10s including a win in '05 and runner-up in the inaugural event in '03. He had a good result last week at the Nelson, posting four straight rounds in the 60s to finish T-13.
Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk is the defending champion at Quail Hollow. (WireImage)
Jim Furyk
The No. 2 player in the world had a heart-breaking playoff loss to Singh two years ago, but rebounded nicely as he turned the tables and beat Trevor Immelman in a playoff last year. Furyk has three top-10s so far in '07 but happens to be coming off his first missed cut in almost a year at the Heritage.
Adam Scott
It'll be interesting to watch and see how Scott plays after the announcement last week that his coach, Butch Harmon, is now helping Mickelson. Granted, Harmon stated that Scott is still his main client, but the fact is both players are in the field and that could possibly cause a little friction. Plus, Phil just moved back in front of him in the world rankings. Scott has twice played the Wachovia and has had good results - a tie for 16th in '05 and a solo third-place showing last year.
Lucas Glover
The 26-year-old Glover was born and raised just a hop, skip and a jump from Charlotte in Greenville, S.C., and has already proven he feels right at home here in this event. In three starts, Glover has a pair of top-10 and will be back looking to improve on his tie for fourth last season. He's currently 40th on the money list and is coming off a T-8 at the Zurich Classic.
Here are four other players to keep an eye on at Quail Hollow:
Davis Love III
Born right here in Charlotte and a University of North Carolina graduate, Love could use some hometown cooking to jump start a so-so season thus far. He did have a pair of top-5s early in the year out on the West Coast but hasn't since produced much. However, his best finish in this event came last year with a tie for 14th.
Vaughn Taylor
After struggling early in the season, Ryder Cupper Taylor has begun to see good results in now his fourth season on TOUR. A third at the Arnie Invite, a top-10 at the Masters and a tie for fourth in Hilton Head has Taylor 27th on both the money list and FedExCup points list. He tied for sixth here least year.
Anthony Kim
The youngest rookie on the PGA TOUR this year, Kim is off to a solid start this year with three top-10s. He currently sits 36th on the money list, is one of only four players on TOUR averaging over 300 yards off the tee, and is an impressive third in the all-around rankings.
Joey Sindelar
Sindelar wouldn't normally jump out at you as a player to watch for on a week-to-week basis - especially with the poor start he has had to this season - but here at the Quail Hollow Club, Sindelar might have a little magic in him. He had a surprising win in 2004 with a victory here and backed it up last year with a top-6 finish.
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