Tiger will have to earn it at Barclays


PARAMUS, N.J. – Tiger Woods is getting his first look at Ridgewood Country Club Wednesday morning in The Barclays pro-am – he missed this tournament on the PGA Tour's maiden voyage here two years ago while recovering from knee surgery.

Jim Furyk, who was disqualified Wednesday when he missed his pro-am tee time, said Tuesday that the course is playing 'three or four hundred yards longer' than in 2008. An unusually dry summer in these parts ended Sunday, when 2 ½ inches of rain fell in a stretch of about 12 hours, give or take a raindrop.
Ridgewood earned rave reviews from the players in '08. A couple of veterans called it the best course they saw all year, primarily because it's an old-school layout with shotmaking sensibilities, which are usually the kind that give Woods the most trouble.

We'll know more in a few days, but if Eldrick Almighty is ready to snap out of his malaise now that his divorce has been finalized, it won't be because he beat up some poor little TPC or returned to one of his favorite haunts – Torrey Pines, Bay Hill, Memorial – where victories used to grow on trees. This week, he’ll have to earn it.