Tiger Woods usually gets a sterling tee time, right in the middle of the field. not this week, though. He will be the first one to tee off on the first tee Thursday at The Barclays. He is in the 7:10 a.m. group at Ridgewood CC in Paramus, NJ, witih Cameron Beckman and Troy Matteson.

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     But that's what he gets for being so low on the FedEx Cup standings. They do pairings by seeding.

       That's what he's used to, actually. In practice rounds, he makes a point of being the first one on the course, to avoid the massive crowds. In fact, there has been some suggestion that in his new supposedly humble phase, he ought to play later so more of his fans could see him. That hasn't happened.