September 22 2012
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- For more than a decade, Tiger Woods topped Forbes's annual list of the the richest athletes in the world.
The reason he holds that distinction is simple. Woods doesn't think about the money. He just focuses on piling up the victories, 74 and counting right now, -- and Sunday at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola will be no exception.
Woods will start the final round of the FedExCup Playoffs finale four shots off the lead. Win the tournament and he becomes the first three-time winner of the $10 million bonus.
But Woods is quick to tell you, "That's not why we play.
"I'm playing for the W, and tomorrow I get a great shot at it," he said. "You know, all the money and awards and all of that stuff, that comes along with winning championships. That's the way I've always looked at it, and right now I'm four back. If I win the golf tournament, everything's kind of taken care of."
Woods put himself in position for his fourth victory of season with round of 67 on this breezy Saturday that left him at 4 under. The turnaround was important after Woods squandered a share of the first-round lead with a 73 on Friday that marked his first score above par at East Lake in 14 rounds.
Not that he was worried, though.
"I've done it before," Woods said when asked about the bounce-back round. "I've been out here a long time, and just claw your way back into it, and usually I'll take a round in the 60s. I figured the guys aren't going to go out and run off and hide on this golf course. It's just playing too difficult."
Woods' 67 on Saturday was much tidier than the second round that saw him make five bogeys and one double bogey, along with the three birdies. He only used 29 putts, as opposed to 32 on Friday, and hit 72 percent of his fairways.
And now he has a chance to accomplish the dual victory for the third time in his career. Just don't ask him which W would mean more.
"I think they go hand in hand," Woods said.