GAINESVILLE, Va. – Following his second consecutive round in the 60s on Friday at the Quicken Loans National which moved him within a stroke of the leaders, Tiger Woods was asked if he would consider adding events to a schedule that currently includes just two more starts.
Woods plans to play the PGA Championship in two weeks and unless he wins this week at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club he will not qualify for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. That would leave only the Wyndham Championship before the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
“Hopefully I can play next week at the Bridgestone if everything goes well this week and then we’ll see about Wyndham [Championship] after that and hopefully I’ll be in the playoffs,” he said.
At 197th on the FedEx Cup point list Woods would need to earn about 315 points to crack the top 125 on the list and qualify for The Barclays, which means anything short of a victory at the Quicken Loans National (second place rewards 300 points) wouldn’t be enough to assure him a spot in the post-season.
Wyndham Championship tournament director Mark Brazil told GolfChannel.com that he spoke with Woods’ manager Mark Steinberg earlier this month at the Greenbrier Classic and that he wanted to see how Tiger played the next few weeks and would revisit the possibility of him playing the North Carolina event for the first time later.
“I think I will touch base with Mark before the deadline,” said Brazil, referring to the Aug. 14 deadline for players to commit to play the Wyndham.
Brazil said tournament officials have contingency plans in place if Woods does play the Wyndham, including a larger media center and added security.