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He was never in serious contention at The Barclays until the final hour, and never in the hunt at all at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
"Been a long time, huh?" he said sarcastically. "It obviously is nice. I'm playing well, and I've gotten up-and-down a few times the last couple days, something I hadn't done."
Something else Woods doesn't do all that often is tee off at 6 a.m. on a public golf course to beat the crowd. His practice domain is the gated community of Isleworth near Orlando, Fla., home to a half-dozen or so tour players and other star athletes.
"The members all leave all the pros alone and whatever celebs that come in there and play," Woods said. "It's just the rule there. Just leave them alone. Through all the years, you get to know a lot of the guys and their wives, and you have a few drinks afterward. It's a pretty laid-back club, actually. Some good members."
The highlight of Wilson's round was being one of only three players in the 68-man field to make birdie on the par-3 second hole, where the green was so firm that some balls even landing in the front would roll off the green and into a bunker.
"It must have carried just over in the rough and got a nice hop up there about 6 feet, which I think is probably the only way you can keep it short on that hole," Wilson said. "So that was a nice break."
Woods and Harrington are among the top six players assured a trip to East Lake in two weeks for the FedEx Cup finale at the Tour Championship and a chance to win the $10 million bonus.
Not so for Wilson, who is at No. 41 in the standings. Only the top 30 advance after this week, and Wilson doesn't even know how high he needs to finish, only that a victory would take care of everything.
"Something tells me a win gets me way up there, and I'd rather do that," Wilson said. "And I'll be going for that. If I fall a little short, then the consolation prize would be Atlanta. And that would be good."
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