Tiger may not be the only name player to sit out FedEx Cup events. According to the New York Daily News
Tiger Woods may be the first, but not be the last.
Woods made news when he opted out of The Barclays, this week’s inaugural FedEx Cup playoff event at Westchester Country Club in Harrison. But as the four-week series goes on, there were hints yesterday that players may pick and choose when they play.
“I don’t think he’s going to be the only guy who skips an event,” said Jim Furyk, who sits in third place in the point standings. “I’ve already heard some names thrown around. Some of them are top 20 players, some of them are top 40 players, some of them are top 60 players. But he’s going to be in the microscope because he always is. He’s entitled to do what he wants and he’ll still be competing in the last three events trying to win.”
Earlier, fourth-seeded Phil Mickelson invited speculation about how much he’ll be playing.
“I’m not sure how it’s all going to play out,” he said.
I can see a scenario where a player makes the cut after the second week, but does the math and realizes that he can’t win the big prize. So he decides that he’s tired and sits out the rest of the series. It wouldn’t make Tour officials very happy, though.
In fact, a lot of guys are in that position: they can play, but can’t possibly win:
Tour mathematicians have calculated that you need to start out in the Top 15 in the points standings to win the overall title, but Woods – who begins the playoffs as the No.1 seed with a 1,000-point edge on No.2 Vijay Singh – is comfortable enough spotting his pursuers first-week points, even though any of the top 59 players in the FedEx Cup standings could pass him with a win this week, and a golfer in the top 20 could do so with a second-place finish.
They may have a problem on their hands.