Tiger to play next week at Barclays

8/21/2009 - Golf Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods ended the suspense a bit earlier than usual, committing Friday morning to The Barclays, the first of four FedEx Cup playoff events beginning next week on the PGA Tour.

Woods, who finished second Sunday at the PGA Championship to South Korea's Y.E. Yang, leads the FedEx Cup standings but was not a lock to play the first event at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.

He skipped it two years ago on the way to winning the first FedEx Cup title. Last year he missed the playoffs while recovering from knee surgery.

The yearlong points system has been tweaked to make it more difficult to skip tournaments and win the FedEx Cup. Points earned at each playoff event will be five times greater than at regular PGA Tour stops.

Woods has won five times on the PGA Tour this year and also leads the money list.

The playoffs continue after The Barclays with the Deutsche Bank Championship (Sept. 4-7) and the BMW Championship (Sept. 10-13).

After a week off, there is the Tour Championship (Sept. 24-27), where the top 30 in points advance and will be reseeded. All 30 players will have a mathematical chance of winning the FedEx Cup, but anyone in the top five will be guaranteed the title if he wins the tournament.

Two years ago, after skipping The Barclays, Woods finished second at the Deutsche Bank to Phil Mickelson, then won the BMW and the Tour Championship.

Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com.