Hall of Famer Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Angel Cabrera — winners of a combined eight major championships — were late additions to this week's stop in Greensboro, N.C., in a desperate shot at cracking the top 125 in points for a berth in The Barclays.
And if someone does play well enough, he could knock out No. 125 Camilo Villegas — three years ago the FedEx Cup runner-up.
"I really don't want to miss out on those big events," Els, currently 126th, wrote in his weekly PGATour.com blog. "This really is last-chance saloon, as they say."
Els could get in simply by outperforming Villegas; both have 320 points, but the Colombian holds a tiebreak edge. Harrington (130th) faces only a four-point deficit, while Cabrera (150th) needs a top-eight finish to have any shot.
A place to play: With Woods blocked from the PGA Tour schedule for at least six weeks, Colin Montgomerie is offering him a chance to find his game in Europe.
Montgomerie has extended an exemption into next week's Johnnie Walker Championship in Scotland, which he serves as tournament director. No word on a reply.
"Tiger looks like he's going to have nowhere to play for nearly three months," Montgomerie told Britain's Daily Mirror. "It would be superb if he accepted.
"I know he has his children to think about, and all that sort of stuff that goes with family commitments, but wouldn't it be great if he did say yes to any of our European Tour events? If you don't ask, you don't get, so it's worth a go."
Tap-ins: Pine Valley in New Jersey tops Golf Magazine's biennial ranking of the world's top 100 courses, trailed by Cypress Point and Augusta National. … Westchester Country Club, a PGA Tour stop from 1967 to 2007, welcomes back six former champions this week in its debut as host of the Senior Players Championship. … Keegan Bradley's PGA Championship triumph was the seventh PGA Tour win by last year's Nationwide Tour graduating class, most in the circuit's history.
— Jeff Shain