Tiger Woods Prepares to Tame Deutsche Bank Championship

Tiger Woods still has a chance to win his first tournament of 2010, which would extend his streak of winning at least one tournament a season to 15 years. He sounds ready to extend that endangered run.

"I certainly haven't won all year. But this is a week that I was very close at," the world's No. 1 player said after finishing tied for 12th at 7-under at The Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club yesterday. "I felt that if I would have put it together on the greens for all four days, I would have been right there.

"I'm looking forward to next week," said Woods, who shot 67 in the final round. "The next three venues, I've won on. I'm going to three venues I'm very familiar with and looking forward to it."

Woods has never won The Barclays, one of just three tournaments he has failed to conquer in at least three tries. It nearly conquered him Friday and Saturday after he went 21 holes without a birdie and flirted with ending his regular Tour season by missing the 100-man field for next week's Deutsche Bank in Boston, the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Woods, 34, finished with two birdies Saturday, then added two on his first three holes yesterday to ensure that he wasn't playing his final Tour round of the season. Woods, who finished 4-under with just one bogey yesterday, finished five out of the Martin Laird- Matt Kuchar playoff, won by Kuchar.

Woods moved up to 65th in the Cups standings after starting the week in 112th.Should Woods win one of what he hopes is will be three tournaments in the FedEx Cup, he will own the fourth-longest streak of seasons with a victory, trailing the record of 17 shared by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, and Billy Casper's 16. Woods owns 71 career Tour victories, two behind Nicklaus and 11 in back of Sam Snead.Though he started yesterday tied for 28th, nine behind third- round leader Laird, Woods said he still held out hope of winning."I felt if I got off to a quick start, if I could post 10, 11 or 12 [under] at the end of the day, it would have been interesting," Woods said.Woods fell short in that quest, but there still is a chance for him to keep his victory streak alive, and usually, that's all he needs.
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