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Greensboro presents new challenge for Woods

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Tiger Woods is in an unusual spot this week.

First of all, he's here in Greensboro, at an event he's never played. Normally he would be resting up for the FedEx Cup playoffs after back-to-back weeks at Firestone and the PGA.

But as we all know this season has been anything but normal for Woods. He didn't qualify for a trip to Akron, an event he's won eight times. And he missed the cut last week at the PGA, his third straight missed cut in a major.

So after no top-10s in 10 events, and his world ranking at No. 286, the 14-time major champion finds himself at the Wyndham Championship needing a win, or possibly a solo second, to just get into the first event of the playoffs, next week's Barclays in Edison, N.J.

But after a hit-and-giggle pro-am round with a group that included L.A. Clippers point guard, and Wake Forest alum, Chris Paul, Woods seemed upbeat about teeing it up at Sedgefield C.C.

"This is fun," Woods said. "I don't get a chance to play a golf course that I get to use my 2-iron anymore."

Woods has been cramming for this event in the last 24 hours. After officially committing on Monday, he played nine holes late Tuesday afternoon and tried to gain some local knowledge from Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, who's a two-time Greensboro champion and UNC alum.

"Lot of holes where Davis was saying you hit 3-iron, 4-iron off the tees, we're hitting 2-irons and 3-woods today because it's so wet," Woods said. "And with the forecast, thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon, it's not going to get any better. Pretty wet week."

Woods' biggest concern, however, will be trying to learn the breaks on these slick Donald Ross greens.

"I hadn't putted on Bermuda greens that are this fast in a very long time, probably not since my greens in the backyard right before Augusta," he said. "We get them running about 15, 16 [on the Stimpmeter]. But Bermuda doesn't really get like this. Even with the rain, they're really fast."

It will be another new test in a week, and season, full of them for Woods.

He tees off Thursday morning at 7:50 a.m. ET with Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama.