Is Tiger Woods coming to Chicago for the BMW Championship? He has lots of golf and non-golf reasons to make the trip.

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Golf

The list of those thrilled when Tiger Woods won the Masters included James Adducci (netted $1.19 million on an $85,000 bet), caddie Joe LaCava, the dedicated tweeters @GCTigerTracker and everyone associated with the BMW Championship.

Woods' resulting surge in the FedEx Cup standings (from 81st to 13th) meant he'd return to the BMW Championship and Medinah, where he romped at the 1999 and 2006 PGA Championships.

Woods has teed it up only five times since. He missed the cut at the PGA Championship, tied for ninth at the Memorial, hovered around par at the U.S. Open, got cut at the British Open and withdrew from the Northern Trust last weekend with what he called a mild oblique strain.

How mild?

Officials at the BMW Championship still expect him to play, starting with the Wednesday pro-am. He's first off No. 1 at 6:50 a.m. with a scheduled media session to follow.

Asked to confirm that Woods would appear, spokesman Glenn Greenspan deferred to Mark Steinberg, the University of Illinois alumnus who serves as Woods' agent. Steinberg did not reply to an email.

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Here's a good sign, though: Woods' top guns at TGR Design are set to come, with President Bryon Bell and top designer Beau Welling both heading to Chicago.

Woods has golf and non-golf reasons for making the trip. He'd have to rise into the top 30 (from 38th) in FedEx Cup points to advance to next week's Tour Championship, where he's the defending champion.

Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee believes Woods has significant sponsor-related incentives to "show up and tee off."

And TGR Design is the lead architect on the Jackson Park/South Shore project that has stalled since Woods got involved late in 2016.


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