By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers
August 18, 2011
Tiger Woods, we know, has eliminated himself from the FedEx Cup postseason. Without a good performance in the Wyndham Championship, a few more prominent names could find themselves on the sideline.
Hall of Famer Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Angel Cabrera — winners of a combined eight major championships — were late additions to this week's stop in Greensboro, N.C., in a desperate shot at cracking the top 125 in points for a berth in The Barclays.
And if someone does play well enough, he could knock out No. 125 Camilo Villegas — three years ago the FedEx Cup runner-up.
"I really don't want to miss out on those big events," Els, currently 126th, wrote in his weekly PGATour.com blog. "This really is last-chance saloon, as they say."
Els could get in simply by outperforming Villegas; both have 320 points, but the Colombian holds a tiebreak edge. Harrington (130th) faces only a four-point deficit, while Cabrera (150th) needs a top-eight finish to have any shot.
Montgomerie has extended an exemption into next week's Johnnie Walker Championship in Scotland, which he serves as tournament director. No word on a reply.
"Tiger looks like he's going to have nowhere to play for nearly three months," Montgomerie told Britain's Daily Mirror. "It would be superb if he accepted.
"I know he has his children to think about, and all that sort of stuff that goes with family commitments, but wouldn't it be great if he did say yes to any of our European Tour events? If you don't ask, you don't get, so it's worth a go."
— Jeff Shain
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