Woods comforted by short Wyndham Championship course

Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:07pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Tiger Woods is approaching his first appearance at the Wyndham Championship with eager anticipation for a reason that would have been inconceivable a few years ago.

Woods was delighted to discover during Wednesday's pro-am that players will not need to rely on their drivers very often at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, which is rather short by today's standards.

And for Woods, who ranks near last on the PGA Tour for driving accuracy, the knowledge that the course requires mostly three-woods and two-irons off the tee is nothing but good news.

"This is fun. We play hardly any golf courses anymore in the States that I get (to use) my two-iron. This is one of those courses," Woods said after playing the pro-am with Chris Paul of the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Clippers.

"My biggest concern is learning the greens so fast. I hadn't putted on Bermuda greens this fast in a very long time."

Woods, 39, decided to play in Greensboro for the first time because he is 187th in the FedExCup standings and needs a victory here to qualify for the lucrative four-event playoff series that starts next week.

He entered the event just before the deadline last Friday, but after missing the cut at the PGA Championship a day later, hedged his bets on whether he would play.

"I just wanted to see, first of all, how my body was going to be feeling after grinding it out trying to play Whistling Straits (and) if I was ready to go make a push to try and get in the playoffs,” he said ahead of Thursday's opening round.

Woods has been surpassed on the course by a new breed of talented young players. His world ranking has plunged to 286 and he is clearly past his prime but remains the man the fans want to see.   Continued...

Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 9th hole during the second round of the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits August 14, 2015. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports