\Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot on the ninth hole during the final round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 12, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri.(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Tiger Woods in position for long-awaited return to Atlanta

There is an increasing chance that Tiger Woods could make his long-awaited return to Atlanta and the Tour Championship.

After his second-place finish at the PGA Championship Sunday, Woods made another big jump up the FedEx Cup points standings. He moved from 49th to 20th place with his best finish in years – his last tournament win came five years ago and his last major win came 10 years ago. Woods moved up to 43rd in the FedEx Cup standings after finished tied for sixth at the British Open in July.

- Tiger Woods finishes second in PGA Championship

The top 30 golfers in the standings after three playoff events advance to Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club for the season-ending Tour Championship and its $1 million prize. The Tour Championship will be played Sept. 19-23. It moves to earlier in the year next season as part of the PGA Tour’s new schedule.

This week’s Wyndham Championship marks the final chance for players to secure a spot in the playoffs by being inside the top 125.

Woods, who has 1,162 FedEx Cup points, has not played at the Tour Championship since 2013. The two-time Tour Championship and FedEx Cup winner last won the event in 2007. Woods tied for 22nd in his last Tour Championship and as he has battled injury and several surgeries the past several years, including spinal fusion surgery in 2017. 

Dustin Johnson is the FedEx Cup leader with 2,717 points.

Here is the current list of the top 30 in the points standings:

  1. Dustin Johnson 2,717
  2. Justin Thomas 2,634
  3. Brooks Koepka 2,012
  4. Justin Rose 1,991
  5. Bubba Watson 1,879
  6. Jason Day 1,771
  7. Francesco Molinari 1,682
  8. Bryson DeChambeau 1,617
  9. Patrick Reed 1,555
  10. Phil Mickelson 1,546
  11. Tony Finau 1,509
  12. Webb Simpson 1,465
  13. Jon Rahm 1,430
  14. Patrick Cantlay 1,388
  15. Patton Kizzire 1,386
  16. Paul Casey 1,319
  17. Rickie Fowler 1,302
  18. Kyle Stanley 1,198
  19. Kevin Na 1,183
  20. Tiger Woods 1,162
  21. Rory McIlroy 1,154
  22. Marc Leishman 1,148
  23. Tommy Fleetwood 1,130
  24. Pat Perez 1,116
  25. Andrew Landry 1,116
  26. Chesson Hadley 1,113
  27. Aaron Wise 1,086
  28. Xander Schauffele 1,081
  29. Luke List 1,080
  30. Austin Cook 1,060

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