Justin Rose could become the world No 1 today without hitting a ball if rain once again blights the final round of the BMW Championship in Pennsylvania.
With a dubious weather forecast for Sunday, Woods will enter the final round 5 strokes back of leader Justin Rose. But unless at least half of the 69-player field completes the final round by Monday, the tour would not extend the event to Tuesday.
Jordan Spieth was projected to fall just outside the top 30 in the FedEx Cup, which would mean missing the Tour Championship and getting some form of penalty from the PGA Tour because of his schedule.
The 28-year-old, who won the Puerto Rico Open in 2016, has twice been a runner-up this year - at the Genesis Open and the recent Northern Trust - and he heads into the final day of the BMW Championship in a share of 15th place.
If the event is shortened, Rose would be the victor and full World Ranking points, FedEx points and prize money would be allotted to the field.
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Schauffele is hoping for another opportunity to impress Jim Furyk before the Ryder Cup deadline.
Xander Schauffele left a long putt from the tightly mown collar on the 18th green 8 feet short, and his par putt from there caught the high side of the cup and spun away.
It was the 17th time Woods had a 54-hole score of 198 or lower. He still was set for to be at the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013. Players will be in threesomes off the first and 10th tees to try and avoid a Monday finish.
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Former world number one Tiger Woods also has an outside chance of ending his five-year winless run on the tour, after he carded a bogey-free 66 which lifted him to 12 under par and in a tie for 11th, alongside fellow countryman Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson.