Tiger Woods will be playing in the first
Woods yesterday officially entered The
Woods is No. 108 in the standings, but he is likely to drop farther depending on what happens this weekend at the Wyndham Championship. Only the top 125 players are eligible for The Barclays, which will be played at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.
Woods did not play Ridgewood the last time the tournament was held there in 2008. He missed the FedEx Cup playoffs that year while recovering from knee surgery, the only time he did not claim the $10 million prize since the playoff series began in 2007.
After The Barclays, only the top 100 are eligible for the second round, the
Woods has said he wants to play, and Pavin said that Woods is “high on my list.’’
Players are grouped at The Barclays based on their FedEx Cup standings, and Pavin is currently at No. 107. However, he said last week he is unlikely to play Ridgewood because of a schedule of four majors (three on the Champions Tour) in a five-week stretch.
PGA — Arjun Atwal tied a tournament record with a 61 and took a two-stroke lead at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.
Atwal matched Carl Pettersson’s 2-year-old mark at the par-70 Sedgefield Country Club course at the PGA’s final event before the playoffs.
Brandt Snedeker shot a 63. John Rollins, Kevin Streelman, Lucas Glover, Boo Weekley, David Toms, and Jeev Milkha Singh were at 64, and six players shot 65s.
It was quite the encouraging start for Atwal, who lost his tour card last month and had to play his way into this event in a Monday qualifier across town at Forest Oaks Country Club — where this tournament was held from 1977-2007. No Monday qualifier has won a tournament since Fred Wadsworth did it at the 1986 Southern Open.
“You get used to making a lot of birdies in the Monday qualifier — otherwise you won’t make it,’’ Atwal said.
The loss of his card capped a series of events that began when he injured his shoulders last year while lifting weights. He received a minor medical extension, but when he came up short on the money list following the RBC Canadian Open, his card was history.
But he can claim his card for 2011 with a victory or a climb up the money lists of the PGA or Nationwide tours.
Champions — D.A. Weibring and Tom Lehman each shot 5-under 67 to share the first-round lead at the Jeld-Wen Tradition, the fourth of the tour’s five majors, in Sunriver, Ore. Nearly one-third of the 66-man field was within two strokes of the lead.
European — Shiv Kapur birdied six straight holes (Nos. 2-7) before finishing with a 6-under 66 for a one-shot lead at the Czech Open in Celadna.