Tiger Woods out to shine on unfamiliar course in this week's FedEx Cup play-off event
Tiger Woods hopes he can continue his superb record in Chicago by winning this week's FedEx Cup event at Conway Farms.
Last Updated: 14/09/13 10:21am
The world number one won two of his 14 majors at nearby Medinah whilst he's captured this tournament twice in three attempts when it was held at Cog Hill - a venue where he also racked up a trio of Western Open victories.
Overall, the record books show Tiger with seven wins from 16 starts in the state of Illinois.
However, Wednesday's pro-am was the first time Woods had ever seen this week's venue - Conway Farms - so he won't be able to draw upon old yardage books as he seeks to win the penultimate event of the FedEx Cup play-off series.
Woods said: "I normally don't work this hard in a pro‑am, but I had to do a little bit of work because I wasn't out here yesterday."
That mostly involved trying to work out the greens. "They were a little bit quicker early on, slowed up a little bit as the day went on. But overall the golf course is in absolutely perfect shape, so it's going to be a fun week."
Apart from the location, Woods doesn't believe it has much in common with the other Chicago venues which have brought him such great success.
"Obviously it's very different compared to Cog Hill and Medinah, but it is a nice track," he said.
"It's a little confined in the sense that it's going to be interesting to see how they're going to get the gallery around here, especially on the front nine, the bottlenecks over on 5 and 6.
"But I think that all the times I've been in Chicago, it's a great sporting town. They come out and support their events. This will be a fun crowd."
One stat against Woods this week is that the last time he won on a golf course he had never played was seven years ago.
That was when he landed the 2006 American Express Championship at The Grove, just outside London.