Tiger Woods, forced to withdraw after carding an opening-round 75 at the Northern Trust last week, needs a special week this week at the BMW Championship to advance to the Tour Championship and defend his 2018 title.
The top 30 in FedExCup points advance to East Lake next week in Atlanta.
Woods' withdrawal last week because of an oblique injury dropped him from inside the top 30, at 28th, to 38th on the points list, and he finds himself 97 points back of 30th-place Andrew Putnam.
"I feel good,'' Woods said Tuesday (via ESPN.com). "Feel a lot better than I felt last week. Felt good this morning, so I thought I'd give it a go.''
Woods said he didn't expect to play a practice round Tuesday or even hit balls on the range, though, as he continues to receive treatment ahead of Wednesday's pro-am.
2019 #BMWCHAMPS Schedule
: Tuesday - Practice Round
⛳ : Wednesday - Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am
1️⃣ : Thursday -- Round 1
2️⃣ : Friday -- Round 2
3️⃣ : Saturday -- Round 3
4️⃣ : Sunday -- Final Round
: The winner of the 2019 #BMWCHAMPS is crowned. pic.twitter.com/ImdimnRRf6
— BMW Championship (@BMWchamps) August 12, 2019
Here are five questions going into this week's BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club, near Chicago:
What does Tiger Woods need to do to reach the 2019 Tour Championship?
According to the PGA Tour, Woods is projected to need a solo 11th-place finish or better at the no-cut BMW to get back into the top 30 and advance to the Tour Championship.
At one point early in his ill-fated opening round at the Northern Trust, he was tied for dead last.
How likely is Tiger Woods to reach the 2019 Tour Championship?
The last time Woods finished in the top 10 was in June at the Memorial Tournament when he finished T-9 at 9 under par.
Since winning the Masters in April, the 15-time major winner has missed the cut at the PGA Championship and British Open and finished T-21 at the U.S. Open.
Is Tiger Woods playing the 2019 BMW Championship?
It's not so much whether Woods can or will play this week (he's expected to), it's how well he'll play. And that's another story.
Woods is scheduled to address the media more fully after his Wednesday morning pro-am round, at which point he's sure to address his health more deeply.
When does Tiger Woods tee off at the 2019 BMW Championship?
The first look we'll get in competition will be at 12:54 p.m. ET Thursday, when he's scheduled to tee off with C.T. Pan and Billy Horschel. The group is set to go off at 10:37 a.m. ET on Friday.
If there's anything working in his favor this week, it's that Woods has plenty of history at Medinah, where he's won two PGA Championships.
Still, he looked completely out of sorts at the Northern Trust, his first start since he missed the cut last month at the British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, where he said he was hampered by the cold and damp conditions.
He was 4 over par nine holes into his first round at Liberty National on a perfect day for scoring.
Weather shouldn't be an issue againt this week.
The forecast for Chicago this week (via The Weather Channel) calls for daytime highs in the mid-70s to low 80s with a 20 to 40 percent chance of rain Thursday through Sunday and breezes in the 10 mph range.
Can Tiger Woods advance to the 2019 Tour Championship?
Many attributed last week's bad start to rust, which may have been a contributing factor, though clearly Woods' physical well-being will be an ongoing concern moving forward in his career given that he's 43 with a history of back problems and surgeries.
As mentioned, he'll need the strong finish this week and that appears to be anything but a sure thing these days for Woods.