Preview: Tiger Woods will play alongside the young man many think will replace him in the years to come in Rory McIlroy. The two currently stand at No. 2 and No. 1, respectively, in the FedEx Cup standings, and can capture the title by winning the Tour Championship.
Woods recently came in fourth overall at the BMW Championship on Sept. 9, and also earned a third place finish in the Deutsche Bank Championship on Sept. 3. McIlroy won both tournaments.
Woods, the 14-time major champion who is currently No. 2 on the 2012 money list, has captured three tournaments but no majors this season, with the most recent victory at AT&T National back in July.
McIlroy is the No. 1 money earner this season, and has won three of his last four tournaments including the PGA Championship in August.
Three American players can also take the FedEx Cup title with a victory at East Lake. Long-time Woods rival Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, and Nick Watney are all nestled in the top five of the FedEx Cup standings, and have an equal shot at the $10 million championship bonus.
"It still makes it exciting going into the last event," McIlroy said to ESPN. "It would be nice to have it wrapped up, but it's not. It's just the way it is. I'm not going to complain about it or moan about it. I accept it. I accept that I still have a lot of work to do this week, and that's what I'm focused on.''