Tiger: It’s now or never at US PGA Championship
Tiger Woods has accepted that next week’s US PGA Championship in Wisconsin could be the end of his season.
The former World No.1 is currently languishing in a lowly 189th position in the FedEx Cup standings following a tied-18th finish at the Quicken Loans National, and in order to qualify for the end of season PGA Tour play-offers would need to rise a whopping 60 places.
At 39 Woods concedes that failure to improve upon his recent rankings and another event in which he finishes outside of the high finishers in the final major of the season will leave him with little option but to pack away his Nike clubs and go home.
As he rightly points out, there would be little to gain in the Wyndham Championship if he suffers another nightmare tournament next week.
However, should Woods win at Whistling Straits, he would be propelled into the top 60 in the FedEx table – while second-place would see him sneak into the all-important top 125, should other results go in his favour.
“By playing well in the PGA, that determines whether or not I'll play Wyndham, and obviously the rest of the FedEx Cup play-offs," he said.
"I need to obviously play well at the PGA to get myself to move up in points and then give myself an opportunity to get into the play-offs.
“Right now, I'm so far off that I need to have a really high finish, and nothing higher than winning my fifth PGA would be nice."
Three short weeks is all that remains of the qualifying period, which kicks off this week with tournaments in Nevada and Ohio. After that comes the PGA followed by the Wyndham event at Sedgefield, North Carolina, before the four-tournament play-off series gets under way on August 27.
England’s Luke Donald is also struggling with form right now having slipped alarmingly into 127th on the list, and he has opted to miss this week’s event but will return for the US PGA Championship starting on August 13.
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