Woods slips a bit but still on track for return to Atlanta

Tiger Woods is still on track to return to the Tour Championship – but his standing slipped a bit.

After a tie for 40th at the Northern Trust in Paramus, N.J., the first of the four-event FedEx Cup playoffs, Woods is now 25th in the points standings. He entered the event in 20th place. The top 30 golfers advance to Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club for the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup playoff finale next month.

Woods, the 14-time major championship winner and still golf’s biggest draw, has battled several injuries and surgeries and has not competed at East Lake since 2013. Woods finished the first playoff event at 4-under par, 14 strokes behind winner Bryson DeChambeau.

The playoff field of 125 was trimmed to 100 golfers, who advance to the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston. That field will be cut to 70 players for the BMW Championship in Philadelphia. From there, the final 30 will play the Tour Championship with the event title and FedEx Cup championship on the line.

DeChambeau is the new leader of the points standings following his victory. He is followed by Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka. The top five in the standings at the Tour Championship control their fate with a win guaranteeing the FedEx Cup title and its $10 million prize.

Woods, a two-time FedEx Cup winner, tied for second in the points standings in his last trip to East Lake.