Tiger comeback adds spring to PGA Fall Finish

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Tiger Woods will add some spark to the US PGA Fall Finish when he make his return from a two-month layoff next week, hungry to compete after spending most of the year with nagging injuries. The 14-time major champion, winless since his infamous sex scandal erupted in November of 2009, has fallen to 50th in the rankings and 115th on the US PGA money list with $629,863 from only eight events ahead of the Frys.com Open. “I’m looking forward to playing next week at the Frys,” Woods said. “Things are definitely shaping up quickly.” Woods is secure in his 2012 playing rights based upon career achievements but he will face a field of players looking to win enough money from four October events to crack the top 125 in money and make the tour lineup.
“The whole fall finish is about guys trying to keep their job and trying to play well, finish the year off well like I did last year to keep my job,” said Jonathan Byrd, who defends his title at the Shriners Hospitals Open this week. “There’s no pressure like trying to keep your job. And it brings out a lot of great golf.” Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship last month in his most recent start but has had time to work on his game since becoming healthy just before the year’s final major tournament. “Things are going great,” Woods said. “I’m practicing very hard. I’m playing as much as I possibly can. My training sessions are great. My strength has come back. My explosiveness has come back. I’m starting to get my feels back.” Woods has hired Joe LaCava, former caddie for Dustin Johnson, to be his new bagman, replacing Steve Williams, who now caddies for Australian Adam Scott.

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