Tiger Woods nightmare of a year is almost over. This week’s Quicken Loans National will be Tiger’s second-to-last event of this season. The PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in two weeks is the other event.
2015 has been a season to forget for Tiger Woods. Fortunately, or unfortunately (depending on your perspective), it’s coming to a close. Woods is an eight-time winner of next week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational but is currently not qualified for the event. The only way to earn a spot in the field at Firestone is to win this week.
“I won there a couple years ago. Unfortunately, I can’t get an invite there unless I win [Quicken Loans],” he said. “I might as well earn one this week and go out and get it done this week.”
During his press conference with the media Tuesday, Woods was asked whether he would alter his schedule, and play in events like the Barracuda Championship. He said no. He also maintained that he wouldn’t alter his schedule to try and qualify for the FedEx Cup. Woods is currently 197th on the FedEx Cup points list and would need to play his way into the top 125 in order to qualify for the first postseason event (The Barclays).
Woods currently owns 95 FedEx Cup points in eight starts. That places him 315 points behind the 125th and final spot to reach the playoffs, which means that even a solo runner-up finish this week wouldn’t be enough to at least qualify for The Barclays.
“I haven’t scored very well,” he admitted. “I missed cuts. I haven’t done much in the last couple of years. That’s what [caddie] Joey [LaCava] keeps reminding me of: ‘Would you just relax? You haven’t played that much.'”
“Also, he keeps reminding me, ‘You won five times two years ago and so it’s not that far removed.’ So hopefully, I can start playing the way that I know I can play and start gaining some Ws again.”
Tiger Woods Press Conference