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The TOUR Championship 2012 Preview: Tiger Woods Tries For 3rd FedEx Cup

Tiger Woods aims to win his 3rd FedEx Cup by winning the 2012 TOUR Championship.

Aug. 5, 2012; Akron, OH, USA; Tiger Woods tees off during the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club-South Course.  Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Aug. 5, 2012; Akron, OH, USA; Tiger Woods tees off during the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club-South Course. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Tiger Woods aims to win his third FedEx Cup, and is in good position to make a bid at the championship. Situated in the second position going into the tournament, Woods trails only Rory McIlroy in the overall standings and can finish in first place with a win in the 2012 TOUR Championship.

If McIlroy wins, he's guaranteed a win -- but even if he doesn't, he's still in a good spot to win the Cup. That changes if Woods wins the TOUR Championship. Even a top-three finish gives him a reasonable shot at winning the whole thing, although he's probably going to need McIlroy to perform a lot worse in the overall standings.

The other Los Angeles golfers have a lot of catching up to do. Hunter Mahan is currently 23rd, John Huh is 26th and Rickie Fowler is 27th. All of them need to win, and get a lot of help while doing so.

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