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February 26, 2014

A third of season gone, Tiger Woods just getting started

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Imagine being one-third of the way through the PGA Tour season and having a slight edge over Tiger Woods in the FedEx Cup.

“I would say, ‘God, I’m playing well,”’ said Joe Ogilvie.

Except that he’s not.

But he does have a slight edge over Woods, who is hardly playing at all.

The points distribution system goes down to the very decimal. Ogilvie finished in a two-way for 74th at the Phoenix Open, but because one full point is awarded only to 70th place, he earned 0.91 points. Woods did not make the 54-hole cut at Torrey Pines and finished in a two-way tie for 80th, thus receiving 0.79 points.

So at least Ogilvie has that going for him.

“It is amazing that we’re one-third of the way through the season,” Ogilvie said. “But he’s playing the Honda Classic, so I know he’s looking at the stats and saying, ‘If I can just get ahead of Ogilvie, I should be OK for the rest of the year.”’

Woods has said he’s having a hard time getting his head around the wraparound season that started in July. That should start to clear up this week at the Honda Classic, which the No. 1 player sees as the start to his season.

The Florida Swing is better known as the road to the Masters, and it’s time for Woods to get into gear.

He’s in good company, of course. Masters champion Adam Scott, who has played twice as much as Woods this season on the PGA Tour (that would be two tournaments) is holding steady at No. 101 in the FedEx Cup. He’s three spots ahead of Rory McIlroy.

That’s what prompted NBC Sports analyst Johnny Miller to effectively dismiss the three wins this season by Jimmy Walker, the winners of the tournaments last fall (which include Webb Simpson and Dustin Johnson), or even the 64-64 weekend by Bubba Watson when he won at Riviera.

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