Monday 18 December 2017

Tiger Woods' $10m destiny in his own hands

Tiger Woods of the USA
Tiger Woods of the USA

JUST five players have their own destiny – and with it a $10m bonus – in their hands in this week's Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Each of the 30 players in the field at East Lake has a chance to win the bonus by claiming the FedEx Cup title, but only the top five in the current standings know that would be guaranteed with a win on Sunday.

The remaining 25 will need victory and help from the top five of Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar, with leader Woods able to finish as low as 29th and still have a mathematical chance of winning.

British Open champion Phil Mickelson needs to win the Tour Championship – which itself has a first prize of $1.4m – and for Woods to finish third or worse.

"Winning five times this year has been pretty good and to have the No 1 spot, like the other four guys in the top five, we control our destiny. I am looking forward to the week," Woods told a press conference.

Asked if he thought 2013 had been one of his most consistent seasons, he added: "I think so. I won some big events this year... I think that's been a pretty good year.

"I think that the way I've come back from my injuries and have demonstrated that I can play at a very high level and attain a world ranking that not too many people have ever gotten to, and I've gotten to it again... it's something that I'm very proud of."

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