Tiger Woods has never competed in the annual PGA Tour event at TPC Southwind in Memphis.
Not when it was a regular stop on tour. Not when it’s a World Golf Championship event. He won’t be at the FedEx St. Jude Championship this week, marking the first time in the tournament’s 65-year history that it has been part of the FedExCup Playoffs.
And according to Nota Begay III, he will never make it to Memphis.
Whether or not Woods will play in Memphis is always a hot topic this year. Begay was Woods’ teammate at Stanford. When Begay was inducted into the college’s athletics hall of fame, he was inducted by Woods, who he said were “brothers for life.”
Begay is back in Memphis this week as a member of the Golf Channel/NBC Sports television broadcast team. He won at TPC Southwind in 2000, and last played here in 2006. He weighed in on the possibility of Woods walking the fairways in Memphis during this week’s interview with Business Appeal.
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“I think that’s a big question,” Begay said. “He’s only moving forward because the amount of golf he’s playing is limited. To make the finals, he had to put in a big performance at one of the majors or two events earlier in the year.
As the first tournament of the FedExCup Playoffs, only the top 125 golfers in the FedExCup rankings qualify for the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Woods, 46, who has one top-10 finish since 2019, is currently 230th in the FedExCup standings. It’s been three years since Woods qualified for the PGA Tour’s three-event postseason.
As the FedExCup Playoffs are structured, the top 125 in the rankings will play for FedEx St. Jude Championship are eligible. The top 70 qualifiers qualify for next week’s BMW Championship at Wilmington (Delaware) Country Club, followed by the BMW 30s in the season-ending Tour Championship at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club.
“The fact that it’s the first in the series makes it more likely that a tiger will be seen at some point,” Begai said. “If he gets two top 10s in major championships, he can put up enough points to sneak into the 125. It’s a lot of work to do for a year.
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