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Short week nasty winds add to playoff pressure

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LEMONT, Ill. – Tough weather’s ratcheting up playoff pressure in a shortening week of preparation for the BMW Championship.

With winds gusting up to 40 mph, Tuesday wasn’t much of a practice day at Cog Hill for the small group of PGA Tour pros who stepped onto the course.

With the Deutsche Bank’s Monday Labor Day finish, there’s a sense there’s little time to regroup between important playoff events. For newcomers to Cog Hill, there's less time to scout a demanding course. Wednesday is pro-am day.

“As windy as it is today, it almost feels like a lost day,” said Matt Kuchar, who leads the FedEx Cup standings. 'I don't think you'll see a whole lot of guys putting in a whole lot of work today, even the guys who are new to the course.'

Ricky Barnes said he was taking just five clubs onto the course and was only going to play a few holes.

“I’m taking a driver and some wedges,” Barnes said. “I’ll hit some drives into the wind, into cross winds and with the wind, and I'll chip and putt a little bit. I don’t need to be grinding in 40 mph winds.”

The FedEx Cup takes a week off next week, prior to the playoff finale at the Tour Championship. Kuchar was asked if this might be the better week to take off given that the Deutsche Bank Championship ends on a Monday and shortens the week.

“Pretty sensible idea to me,” Kuchar said.