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      2009 FedExCup champion: Tiger Woods

    For the second time in the three-year history of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, Tiger Woods has claimed the title. His second-place finish at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola gave him a 1,080-point win over Phil Mickelson, who won the tournament but finished second in FedExCup points. Here's a look at Woods' season and how he won the FedExCup:

    Tiger's reaction to winning the FedExCup:

    • "To win the FedExCup and to be as consistent as I have been all year is something that I'm very proud of."

    • "I think it's just one of those things where obviously I'm a little disappointed I didn't win (THE TOUR) Championship because I was right there. But the FedExCup is something very similar to what you have for Player of the Year. It's a cumulative total and something that you have to be consistent the entire year, and it's something that I was."

    • "This year we had a lot of unknowns going into the Playoffs this year, how it was going to turn out because of the resetting and guys could have gone the entire year without winning an event and still won the FedExCup. But ... the whole idea is to play well at the end, and that's kind of how it's structured."


    Season in review:

    After missing more than eight months of competition on the PGA TOUR following knee surgery after winning the 2008 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods returned to action at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Woods went on to record five victories during the PGA TOUR's regular season to enter the Playoffs No. 1 in the FedExCup standings. With a runner-up at The Barclays and a victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Steve Stricker jumped Woods for the top spot after two evens. Woods moved back into the No. 1 spot with a convincing eight-stroke victory at the third playoff event, the BMW Championship. That put him in position to claim the FedExCup title with a second-place finish at East Lake behind Phil Mickelson. Woods, who also won the inaugural FedExCup in 2007, has 14 top-10 finishes in 16 stroke-play events in 2009.

    How he got here
    Breaking down the FedExCup points won and rank after each start in 2009
    Rank Change
    in rank
    Tournament Finish Points
    earned
    Points
    for year
    Points
    behind
    1 0 THE TOUR Championship pres. by Coca-Cola 2 1,500 4,000* 0
    1 1 BMW Championship 1 2500 7,196 0
    2 -1 Deutsche Bank Championship T11 315 4,696 909
    1 0 The Barclays T2 950 4,381 0
    1 0 PGA Championship 2 330 3,431 0
    1 0 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 1 550 3,101 0
    1 1 Buick Open 1 500 2,551 0
    2 -1 British Open Championship CUT 0 2,051 8
    1 2 AT&T National 1 500 2,051 0
    3 1 U.S. Open Championship T6 101.333 1,551 65
    4 5 the Memorial Tournament 1 500 1,449 160
    9 1 THE PLAYERS Championship 8 94 949 482
    10 2 Quail Hollow Championship 4 135 855 532
    12 0 Masters Tournament T6 98 720 630
    12 90 Arnold Palmer Inv't presented by MasterCard 1 500 622 582
    102 40 WGC-CA Championship T9 75.75 122 1,082
    142 0 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship T17 46.563 47 1,129
    * - points after reset
    Playoffs results
    Year Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW Champ. TOUR Champ. Final FEC Position
    2009 T2 T11 1 2 1st
    2008 DNP DNP DNP DNP 70th
    2007 DNP T2 1 1 1st
    Results at THE TOUR Championship
    Year Finish Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Total To par Money won
    2009 2 67 68 69 70 274 -6 810,000
    2007 1 64 63 64 66 257 -23 1,260,000
    2005 2 66 67 67 69 269 -11 715,000
    2004 2 72 64 65 72 273 -7 648,000
    2003 26 70 70 71 74 285 1 96,000
    2002 T7 71 68 67 70 276 -4 165,000
    2001 T13 70 67 69 70 276 -8 119,000
    2000 2 68 66 66 69 269 -11 540,000
    1999 1 67 66 67 69 269 -15 900,000
    1998 20 75 76 69 69 289 9 76,800
    1997 T12 69 68 75 69 281 -3 97,600
    1996 T21 70 78 72 68 288 8 55,800
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