Tiger eager for East Lake test; weekend rain forecast

Tiger Woods arrived at East Lake Wednesday looking to put an exclamation point on his most productive season since 2009.

At the Tour Championship, beginning Thursday, Woods is seeking his sixth victory of the season, which also would clinch the FedEx Cup title and a $10 million bonus. While that victory total does not include any of golf’s majors – he has gone winless in the grand slam events since 2008 – Woods arrived feeling fairly flush about 2013 on the whole.

“I think that the way I’ve come back and attained a world ranking that not too many people have ever gotten to, it’s something I’m very proud of,” Woods said. In March, he regained the No. 1 world ranking that he lost in late 2010.

Woods experienced back pain in last week’s BMW Championship, but said Tuesday, “I feel good. I just need to get a feel for this golf course.”

Woods has one victory and four seconds at eight Tour Championship appearances at East Lake. He owns the 72-hole record of 23-under 257 (2007).

“I’ve had a good run here,” he said. “This week’s going to be interesting. We’re going to get some different weather coming in here, and obviously will have to make the adjustments.”

He like the other 29 players in the Tour Championship field will be looking skyward this weekend. All three of the previous playoff events leading to East Lake have been rain plagued, with the finish of last week’s event delayed until Monday. The early forecast for Atlanta calls for an 80 percent chance of rain Sunday.