Tiger Woods ended speculation that he might take the rest of the year off Thursday when he committed to come to the New York area next week for the Barclays. Woods will play in the event, the first in the FedEx Cup playoff series, at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.
No one was sure if he was going to keep playing following his debacle at The Bridgestone. But he played better at the PGA Championship and said he wants to be chosen by Corey Pavin for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Playing in the FedEx Cup will help him work on his game under pressure.
It helps that the Barclays isn't at Liberty National, site of the event last year. Other than nice views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline, there was not much to recommend that course. Woods was not one of its fans as he tied for second. Ridgewood is more of a classic.
“We are thrilled to have Tiger Woods, the defending FedExCup Champion, join the field in what should be one of the most exciting events in The Barclays history,” said tournament executive director Peter Mele said in a statement released by the PGA Tour. “The field this year will be full of great stories. From the success of international players on TOUR this year, to the success of young players like Hunter Mahan, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Anthony Kim, to Ernie Els’ efforts to remain at the top of the FedExCup standings, golf fans will enjoy the best the PGA TOUR has to offer.”