Woods shows plenty of drive
At BMW, headed in right direction
LEMONT, Ill. — His swing was a mess, and so was his marriage.
Tiger Woods figured he could only deal with one problem at a time. In this case, golf had to wait its turn.
“Let’s just say I’ve been through a lot lately, and I didn’t want to have any more information,’’ Woods said yesterday at the BMW Championship. “I was trying to get adjusted to my new life and what that entailed, and it was enough as it was. I didn’t have time to work on my game.’’
In what turned out to be a lost summer in the majors, Woods tried to patch together what he could with his golf swing.
The do-it-yourself approach gave way to working with Sean Foley, the Canadian-born swing coach who again was with Woods for an hour during his pro-am round at Cog Hill this week.
Foley first took video of Woods a month ago at the PGA Championship. Woods already is seeing results. He opened with a season-best 65 at The
A top 10 for Woods used to be called a slump. Now it’s progress.
He needed both results just to keep playing in the
That at least got him to Cog Hill with the rest of the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings.
“I’m headed in the right direction,’’ Woods said when asked what a victory would mean at this stage in his season. “It obviously would be a good step in the right direction, but we’ve got four days, and I’ve just got to keep plodding along.’’
Matt Kuchar remains atop the FedEx Cup standings with a win and a tie for 11th in the two playoff events. Kuchar also has fond memories and one big victory at Cog Hill, even if he didn’t earn a dime. He won the 1997 US Amateur here.
It’s also a homecoming of sorts for Steve Stricker, who grew up a few hours away from Cog Hill. But this is no time to wave to the gallery. Stricker not only is No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings, he is tied with Kuchar for the lowest adjusted scoring average on the PGA Tour, and the next two weeks could decide the Vardon Trophy.
The top 30 after the BMW advance to the Tour Championship and a shot at the $10 million bonus, which Woods has won twice in two attempts.
His goal is to get to Atlanta. Woods has missed the Tour Championship before, but not because he wasn’t eligible. Even so, his primary goal has never changed. He was asked if he would play differently down the stretch if he were a long shot to win the tournament, when playing safe meant finishing high enough to get to the Tour Championship.
“Win,’’ Woods said. “Did I answer that too fast?’’