On Friday, the golf world got some troubling news about the health of Tiger Woods. Woods' 2015 calendar year officially ended after news broke of a second back surgery. Woods received a microdisectomy to remove a disc fragment from his back. This is unfortunate news for Woods and his followers after a strong showing at the Wyndham Championship in late August. Woods is expected to make a full recovery, but this setback leads him farther away from breaking his drought in major championships. Woods has not won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
In other golf news, this week the 2014-2015 golf campaign comes to an end at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia at East Lake Golf Club. Jason Day comes into the championship as the leader of the FedEx Cup Standings. Day came in T12 at the Deutsche Bank and won last week at the BMW Championship. The new world number one took the championship by 6 strokes. With his 5th victory of the year, Day has cemented his position as a favorite to win the player of the year award.
The final 30 players in the FedEx standings will tee it up on Thursday for the $10 million bonus that comes with winning the FedEx Cup. Every player in the field, including Harris English, who is 30th and last in the standings, has a mathematical chance to win the FedEx Cup. The players in the top 5 have the most realistic chance of winning. The top 5 is Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, and Bubba Watson. Regardless of the $10 million prize, the Tour Championship is still a lucrative tournament to win because of its strong field and its $8.25 million purse.
By Matt Nadworny @MattN_BBS