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Deutsche Bank Classic witnesses Tiger's late entry into FedEx fray

Deutsche Bank Classic witnesses Tiger's late entry into FedEx fray

Tiger Woods makes his belated entry into the PGA Tour's new season-ending playoff series this week as he defends the Deutsche Bank Classic crown he seized in style last year.
Woods started the final round last year three shots behind Fiji's Vijay Singh and fired a final-round 63 to win by two strokes.
Woods was unconcerned that his decision to skip last week's Barclays, the first of four events in the new FedEx Cup playoff series that concludes with the Tour Championship, saw him drop from first to fourth in the points standings.
"I know I've slipped back in the standings, but there's plenty of points out there," he said.
Woods said his time off had left him rested and relaxed.
Woods said the Boston course offers a tougher challenge than last year.
"They made it probably slightly more difficult. The greens are a little faster right now, the fairways are giving it up a little bit, and you're really going to have to make sure you manage your game."
Woods will play the first two days in a group with Singh and Phil Mickelson, two outstanding players whose relations with the world number one have sometimes been prickly.
The top 70 here will advance to the BMW Championship in Chicago and the top 30 after that tournament advance to the Tour Championship in Atlanta September 13-16.
The winner of the FedEx Cup - and a US$10 million bonus - will be not the winner of the Tour Championship but the player with the most points at the end of the series, putting the premium on overall total results.


Updated : 2021-06-25 15:53 GMT+08:00