Idle Woods trying to hang on for spot in own tournament


Though Tiger Woods continues to have a tee time with his couch while the FedEx Cup playoffs continue at the BMW Championship, the former world No. 1 should have an eye on Cog Hill for how it will impact his future schedule. Woods sits at 46th in the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday and must remain inside the top 50 after the third leg of the playoffs to qualify for his Chevron World Challenge in December.

Though Woods would not qualify for the event under most of the criteria that determines the field of 18, the event has two sponsor exemptions for those inside that top 50 as of Sept. 19. Tournament director and head of Woods’ foundation Greg McLaughlin would likely offer a spot to his boss, if he’s eligible.

The question is, can anyone sneak past Woods this week to force him out of the top 50? The four immediately behind Woods – Bill Haas, Sergio Garcia, Jonathan Byrd and Geoff Ogilvy – are in the field at Cog Hill. Sitting precariously close to Woods is Vijay Singh (No. 55), who has played solid golf in the last month.

Woods catches a slight break, however, as the European Tour hosts the Vivendi Seve Trophy – a team competition matching continental Europe against the British Isles. Those matches will not award ranking points to individuals.