Golf boosted by Tiger Woods effect

Ryder Cup-bound Tony Finau has big opportunity this week at Tour Championship in Atlanta

While Woods has yet to taste a tournament victory this year, Monahan said the former world number one had nevertheless had a huge impact, boosting television ratings and indirectly raising the profile of other players on tour. "I've come close in a couple events toward the end of summer here, and it's all about putting it all together at the right time".

He didn't make it in 2014 because of his first back surgery and his ill-advised attempt to return too early.

Never mind that Woods is at No. 20 in the FedEx Cup standings, having started no worse than No. 3 in his four previous FedEx Cup finales.

Once again, Fleetwood displayed his huge talent with back-to-back 62s at Aronimink last week, and at one point shared the lead in the final round.

Under the current system, points won throughout the season are reset ahead of the Tour Championship so that all 30 players theoretically can win the FedEx Cup. "Yeah, it's something in my career that I definitely want to accomplish, and I think it's a big milestone, and I'm looking forward to the challenge this week where I've got a chance to do it".

The only thing left to cap off a remarkable comeback would be a trophy.

Last time he appeared in Atlanta, Woods was world No 1 after winning five titles in 2013.

Technically, everybody in the Tour Championship field can walk away $10-million-plus richer, though the odds are stacked against much of the bottom two-thirds of the field and the top five - Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas - control their own destiny. In all, over $30 million will be at stake for the contenders, most of whom will also contend in next week's Ryder Cup. No one, not even Woods, has won the FedEx Cup in successive years.

A win at East Lake would not only secure a FedEx Cup for DeChambeau, but it would put him in decorated company.

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"I'm excited to have an opportunity to do something that no one has ever done, which is pretty cool, " Thomas said.

Spieth didn't make it back this year, finishing at No. 31 after a poor week at the BMW Championship.

Woods will join two dozen of the best players in the world starting Thursday.

Woods was good enough, and better than he thought. His last major victory was in 2008. He came to the 18th hole at Innisbrook needing a birdie to tie for the lead.

Rose is the most consistent players on Bjorn's side following his eight top-10 finishes in 2018, including a stunning win at the Fort Invitational in May and back-to-back runners-up finishes.

"Personally, I would actually love to be a top seed so you know a win here gives you the FedEx Cup". The Tour Championship is his 18th event, his busiest schedule to date since 2012.

Tiger Woods to win the Tour Championship & Justin Rose to win the FedEx Cup - you heard it here first. Then I added Tampa in there because I missed the cut in LA.

East Lake is a long 7,363-yard, par-70 track that rewards distance over accuracy off the tee.

Tiger Woods has revealed that he first started to struggle with the back problem that nearly ended his career when he last played in the Ryder Cup - a 2012 defeat as Europe pulled off the "Miracle at Medinah". He was already set to attend the event at Le Golf National outside Paris, France, but captain Jim Furyk offered him a wildcard selection as a player. However, East Lake fits right into the Spaniard's grip-it-and-rip-it approach.

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