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MEDINAH, Ill. – Tiger Woods was on site Tuesday at the BMW Championship, looking poised to give it a go this week in the season’s penultimate event.
Woods made it to Medinah a little after 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. local) Tuesday, sporting a white shirt and blue shorts.
“I feel good,” Woods told Golfweek upon arrival. “Feel a lot better than I felt last week. Felt good this morning, so I thought I’d give it a go.”
Tiger has arrived at Medinah. pic.twitter.com/qoD6BEbjoa
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 13, 2019
Woods received treatment and emerged on the back putting green behind the clubhouse roughly two and a half hours later.
He worked for 45 minutes with putting coach Matt Killen before heading back inside. Woods spent half that time doing a simple gate drill from four feet.
Just his presence on the property qualified as news following his withdrawal last week from The Northern Trust. Woods struggled through a first-round 75 Thursday and then cited as a mild oblique strain Friday as the reason for his departure.
He is grouped with C.T. Pan and Billy Horschel for the first two rounds at BMW. They’ll start on the first tee at 11:54 a.m. ET Thursday and 9:37 a.m. Friday.
Woods is a five-time winner of the BMW Championship (formerly the Western Open) and a two-time winner here at Medinah, where he took the 1999 and 2006 PGA Championships.
Currently 38th in FedExCup standings, he needs to crack the top 30 to return to the Tour Championship at East Lake. PGA Tour projections have him needing a 11th-place finish or better to return to Atlanta, although even that’s a moving target, depending how other players in the field perform around him.
Woods has made just 11 starts this year, counting last week, and played only five times since claiming major No. 15 at Augusta National. He missed the cut at Bethpage, tied for ninth at Muirfield, tied for 21st at Pebble Beach, missed the cut at Royal Portrush and withdrew at Liberty National.
Updated 5:30 p.m. ET