2007 FedExCup champion: Tiger Woodstext size
By PGATOUR.COM staff
In the inaugural PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, it seemed only fitting that the world's top-ranked golfer would claim the TOUR's biggest prize, as Tiger Woods rolled through the Playoffs with two tournament wins and a second-place finish, earning the $10 million bonus with a record-setting performance at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola.
Not only did Woods win at East Lake, he also won the previous event, the BMW Championship. A week before that, he finished tied for second at the Deutsche Bank Championship in a dominating Playoffs performance (Woods did not play in the opening Playoff event, The Barclays).
In those 12 playoff rounds, Woods was a combined 59 under, with a scoring average of 65.75. He won THE TOUR Championship by eight strokes, finishing at 23 under and shattering the tournament record at East Lake while also posting the third-best 72-hole total of all time.
He has now won four of his last five starts, including the last two, and he tied for second in the one where he didn't get the trophy. He shattered the tournament record at East Lake and posted the third-best 72-hole total of all-time.
Woods never paid much attention to the FedExCup until it was shining before him on a pedestal on the 18th green Sunday at East Lake. He always figured his name would be the first engraved on the new trophy as long as he kept winning.
"I don't look at what the purse is or the prize money," Woods said. "You play. And when you play, you play to win, period. That's how my dad raised me, is you go out there and win. If you win, everything will take care of itself. You take great pride in what you do on the golf course, and when you're able to win events, that's when you can go home and be very proud of what you've done."
The FedExCup was created to put some sizzle into the final month of a shorter season, resetting a points system for the final four tournaments. Woods certainly was pleased with the outcome.
"We had some great drama," Woods said of the inaugural FedExCup season. "In the end, it was a lot of fun for all of us."
There was no drama at East Lake, not with Woods hitting on all cylinders to wrap up another phenomenal year in which he won seven times. Along with winning majors and World Golf Championships, he now has something else to chase.
"It just makes it harder for the rest of us," said Zach Johnson. "Why give him another thing to try to achieve. He's a very driven man. When you add another element to that drive, what are you going to do?"
Tiger Woods in the 2007 FedExCup Playoffs Tournament Rounds Score Result THE BARCLAYS --- --- --- After finishing first in regular-season FedExCup points, Tiger opted to sit this one out DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP 72-64-67-67-270 14 under T2 Tiger came up just short in winning at TPC Boston for the second consecutive year BMW CHAMPIONSHIP 67-67-65-63-262 22 under Won Tiger regained the FedExCup points lead by shattering the 72-hole low total at Cog Hill TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP PRES. BY COCA-COLA 64-63-64-66-257 23 under Won Tiger set the low 72-hole tournament record, blowing away the field at East Lake by eight shots Road to the FedExCup Here's hot Tiger Woods ranked after each start in his 2007 run to the FedExCup Start No. Rank Chg in Rank Tournament name Fin Pos Earned Pts YTD Pts Pts behind 1 5 0 Buick Invitational 1 4500 4,500 451 2 6 -1 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship T9 587.344 5,087 5,152 3 7 -1 Arnold Palmer Inv't pres. by MasterCard T22 232.083 5,319 5,970 4 3 4 WGC-CA Championship 1 4725 10,044 1,801 5 2 1 Masters Tournament T2 2053.333 12,098 263 6 1 1 Wachovia Championship 1 4500 16,598 0 7 1 0 THE PLAYERS Championship T37 118.25 16,716 0 8 1 0 the Memorial pres. by Morgan Stanley T15 387.5 17,104 0 9 1 0 U.S. Open T2 2420 19,524 0 10 1 0 AT&T National T6 868.75 20,392 0 11 1 0 British Open T12 506.786 20,899 0 12 1 0 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 1 4725 25,624 0 13 1 0 PGA Championship 1 4950 30,574 0 14 3 -2 Deutsche Bank Championship T2 3733.333 103,733 4,880 15 1 2 BMW Championship 1 9000 112,733 0 16 1 0 THE TOUR Champ. pres. by Coca-Cola 1 10300 123,033 0