Tiger Woods to feature in FedEx Cup openers


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The PGA have confirmed that Tiger Woods will feature in the opening two FedEx Cup play-off events as he looks to boost his chances of making the US Ryder Cup team.

The 42-year-old is preparing to target a ninth win in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone this week and will then eye up a tilt at the US PGA Championship at Bellerive in St. Louis the following week.

And Woods is now lined up to participate in the Northern Trust between August 23-26 and Dell Technologies Championship the following week which could give him a chance to break into the top-eight places in the Ryder Cup standings and secure him an automatic place in Jim Furyk’s US side for the biennial event at Le Golf National in Paris between September 28-30.

He currently sits in 47th place in the FedEx standings so the likelihood is that he will qualify for the third FedEx Cup event, the BMW Championship, between September 6-9, which is open to the top 70 players.

It means the 14-time major winner might play five of the next six tournaments, although he could also feature among the top 30 players to line up in the FedEx finale, the Tour Championship in Atlanta, a week before the Ryder Cup.

It is shaping up to be a hectic schedule for Woods following his years of struggling to recover from several back operations, and as long as he maintains his fitness it seems likely that Furyk will select him as one of his picks should he not qualify for the Ryder Cup automatically.

Woods is 13.00 to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this week, while the USA are 1.91 to win the Ryder Cup with Europe 2.5 and the draw 11.00.

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