FedEx Cup: Tiger Woods expects Liberty course challenge at The Barclays
Last Updated: 22/08/13 7:18pm
Tiger Woods: Leads the FedEx standings after five tournament wins so far this year
World no 1 Tiger Woods believes the opening event of the FedEx Cup playoffs at New Jersey's Liberty National golf course will provide the players with a real challenge this week.
The Barclays gets under way on Thursday and Woods will be aiming to get off to a good start in pursuit of a third FedEx Cup win of his career.
The American feels that a number of alterations to the course since the last time the tour visited, as well as the weather conditions, will ensure the players have to be at their best at Liberty.
"It's good to be back," said Woods. "The golf course is obviously very different to the last time we played it.
"Not only have they made a bunch of changes but it's really dry out and certainly last time we played it, it was not that way with the weather. The greens have got some speed to them and the fairways were giving it up so it's going to be a heck of a test."
The FedEx Cup playoffs begin and Tiger Woods tops the rankings for the 10 million dollar bonus on offer for the Fedex Cup champion.
The 14-time major winner currently tops the FedEx rankings after five tournament wins so far this season but stressed that under the new rules, winning events prior to the play-offs is no guarantee of victory in the FedEx Cup.
"The play-offs - the way they've been structured - are different," Woods explained.
"Theoretically you can win every tournament of the year and not be FedEx champion. Whoever's in the top five, whoever wins that event wins the FedEx Cup so it'll be interesting to see what happens."