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Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: September 18, 10:19 AM ET
Tiger Woods takes FedEx Cup lead

By Bob Harig
ESPN.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Tiger Woods took the lead in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, but that was a small consolation after he failed to make a charge during the final round of the BMW Championship.

Woods began the weather-delayed fourth round four strokes back of 54-hole leader Jim Furyk, but two bogeys in his first five holes effectively doomed his chances.

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Tiger Woods took over the lead in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings by finishing tied for 11th at the BMW Championship on Monday in Lake Forest, Ill.
A round of par 71 left him seven strokes behind winner Zach Johnson, whose 6-under 65 was good for a two-stroke victory over Nick Watney. Furyk, who on Friday became the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59, shot 71 and finished alone in third place, three strokes back.

Woods ended up in a tie for 11th but earned enough points to pass Henrik Stenson for the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings. The four-tournament playoff series concludes this weekend in Atlanta at the Tour Championship.

"I thought I needed to shoot at least 3-, 4-under par on the front nine and at least give myself a chance going into the back nine, where if I put a good back nine together I might be in there, but I wasn't anywhere near it," said Woods, who made three birdies and three bogeys.

As for the FedEx, Woods began the week in second place behind Stenson, who finished tied for 33rd and dropped to second in the standings. Adam Scott, Johnson and Matt Kuchar round out the top five, meaning if any of the five wins at East Lake, he will capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus.

"Top five, you control your own destiny," Woods said. "You win the tournament, you win it outright."

Woods, who has won the FedEx Cup twice since its inception in 2007, has positioned himself to capture the title again should the others in the top five falter.

Only two players moved into the top 30. Luke Donald tied for fourth to jump from 54th position to 29th. Watney moved from 34th to 12th by finishing second.

Lee Westwood, who began the week 30th, fell out, as did Harris English, who was 28th and fell to 31st after a particularly tough final round that saw him lose a ball on the eighth hole and make a bogey at the 18th.

"I knew I had to play well, and I just hit a lot of loose shots this week, made a lot of big numbers, and you can't do that out here," said English, whose victory at this year's FedEx St. Jude Championship gets him into next year's Masters. A top-30 finish and trip to the Tour Championship would have also assured spots in the U.S. Open and Open Championship.

Matt Jones also missed out on a chance to make it to Atlanta and assure spots in the majors when his birdie putt from 10 feet on the last hole lipped out.

"At the end of the day, you can't just think of one shot there," Jones said. "There are so many shots over the course of the year."

Donald didn't have to worry about that, but he nonetheless wanted to continue his streak of making the Tour Championship every year since 2005. With a final-round 66, he accomplished that goal.

"I certainly felt the butterflies up the last hole," Donald said. "You knew what was on the line, and if you don't make it to Atlanta you don't have a chance to win that FedEx Cup."

Woods, who has won five times on the PGA Tour this year, said he had difficulty on the greens at Conway Farms, a new venue for the tournament this year. He had five three-putts in all, including two Monday.

He also had a rules issue that cost him a two-stroke penalty during Friday's round, turning a double-bogey 6 at the first hole into an 8.

Woods has won the Tour Championship twice, once at East Lake in 2007.