Woods risks losing first place by skipping Barclays

Updated: August 17, 2007, 3:07 PM ET
By Bob Harig | Special to ESPN.com

You could see this coming for weeks, if not months. It was never the sure thing that Tiger Woods is with a 54-hole lead in a major championship. But the idea of the world's No. 1 golfer skipping one of the FedEx Cup playoff events was a strong possibility.

Woods made it official on Friday, saying he would pass on next week's The Barclays, the first of four season-ending playoff events that make up the PGA Tour's "new era'' in golf.

So the much-hyped FedEx Cup playoffs will start ...

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