Woods misses chance to defend Tour
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[August 19, 2019]
(Reuters) - There will be no
defending champion at next week's Tour Championship after Tiger
Woods failed to qualify for the season-ending event.
Only the top 30 players on the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup points list are
eligible to play at East Lake in Atlanta, where $15 million will be
up for grabs for the winner.
Woods needed to place about sixth at the BMW Championship on Sunday
to qualify, but he tied for 37th at Medinah, a distant 18 strokes
behind winner Justin Thomas.
Apart from his win at the Masters for his 15th major title, Woods
had a relatively quiet season, which petered out without a whimper
amid physical and emotional fatigue.
"The rest of the tournaments I didn't really play as well as I
wanted to, but at the end of the day, I'm the one with the green
jacket," he told reporters on Sunday.
Still, Woods will be disappointed not to get a chance to return to
the scene of one of the most memorable victories of his career.
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Tiger Woods warms up on the range during the final round of the BMW
Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club - No. 3.
Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
Successfully returning last year from major back surgery, he ended a
five-year drought with his two-stroke win at East Lake, the 80th of
his PGA Tour career, which was at the time just two shy of Sam
Snead's all-time mark.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; editing by Tony
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