Each week, PGATOUR.COM will take a look at one of the FedExCup contenders in the field and break down his past performances at that week's event, FedExCup history, and potential for success in the 2013 FedExCup chase.
Hot in pursuit of Sam Snead’s record number of 82 PGA TOUR victories, Tiger Woods has an opportunity to match another Snead milestone this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
Only Snead has won the same event eight times but Woods can match the feat this week at Bay Hill.
This event has served as a launching pad for Woods into the FedExCup season. He’s improved his position each season at Bay Hill and could take over the top spot in the FedExCup standings with another good showing this week.
In the three years he’s won at Bay Hill during the FedExCup era, Woods has gone on to finish 70th, 1st, and 3rd in the final FedExCup standings. The year he finished 70th was 2008 when an injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season after his U.S. Open victory.
In the last 12 months, Woods has again asserted himself as a force in the golf world. He won three PGA TOUR events last year and has two victories in just four starts on the young 2013 season. Count it up and that’s five victories in 19 starts on TOUR.
Prospects are bright for Woods in the FedExCup race as he seems to have regained some of the magic that lifted him to the title in 2007 and 2009. In addition to this week’s stop, Augusta National, Congressional and Firestone CC are courses historically dominated by Woods that are still on the horizon on the PGA TOUR schedule. Big points are on the line at Augusta and Firestone, with 600 and 550 going to winners in majors and WGC events.
The key for Woods this season will come in the Playoffs -- where he hasn’t won an event since 2009. A year ago, he entered the Playoffs atop the FedExCup standings and went a solid T38, 3rd,T4, T8 in the four Playoff stops. Solid, however, doesn’t get the job done when the FedExCup is on the line.
Will Tiger be his dominant self when the Playoffs arrive? That will likely be the biggest story of the final push for the FedExCup.
|Woods' FedExCup finishes|
|Woods' Arnold Palmer Invitational results, FedExCup standings|