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Tiger Woods says he plans to play PGA Tour playoff event at TPC Boston next week

Tiger Woods finished tied for 37th at the PGA Championship.
Tiger Woods finished tied for 37th at the PGA Championship.Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

Tiger Woods confirmed Friday he intends to play in next week’s Northern Trust tournament at TPC Boston in Norton, the first of three FedEx Cup playoff events to conclude the 2019-2020 PGA Tour season.

Woods has played in just five tournaments this season because of back issues. He announced his intention on social media, saying he was “excited to head to Boston.”

The two-time FedEx Cup champion has played twice since golf’s restart in June, finishing tied for 40th at the Memorial Tournament and tied for 37th at the PGA Championship last weekend.

Woods is 47th in the FedEx Cup standings. The top 125 players in the standings after this week’s Wyndham Championship qualify for the Northern Trust. Players finishing in the Top 70 at the Northern Trust advance to the BMW Championship, and the Top 30 at that event qualify for the final round of the playoffs — the Tour Championship. Woods has not played three consecutive weeks since the 2018 FedEx Cup playoffs.

“We’ve been training for that. Trying to get my strength and endurance up to that ability to making sure that I can handle that type of workload,” Woods said after the PGA Championship. “We knew once I started playing again when I committed to Memorial that this was going to be a heavy workload, and my training sessions, we’ve been pushing it pretty hard, making sure that I kept my strength and endurance up.”

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FedEx Cup points leader Justin Thomas — the 2017 winner at TPC Boston, Rory McIlroy, and Bryson DeChambeau are also in the star-studded field in Norton.

Woods won at TPC Boston in 2006 and also has two runners-up and a third-place finish in 10 starts at TPC Boston. DeChambeau, Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, Charley Hoffman, Adam Scott, and Phil Mickelson are other past winners at TPC Boston expected to play next week.

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