No matter what happens at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Tiger Woods is assured of being No. 1 in the world and No. 1 on the PGA Tour money list. Everything else is up for grabs.
Woods has five wins this year, and no one else has more than two. Even so, the parity among top players this year is illustrated by how many of them have something to play for at East Lake when the Tour Championship begins Thursday.
And it's more than just the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus.
"Two trophies here this week, and also potentially throwing my name in a player of the year debate, which is quite a prestigious honor amongst the company that I play golf against," Masters champion Adam Scott said.
The two trophies are the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, and they have gone to the same player four out of seven years.
Woods already is assured of winning the Arnold Palmer Award for leading the money list, which will be the 10th time in his career. He appears safe to win the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average.
A victory Sunday would give Woods six this year, including two World Golf Championships, The Players Championship and the Tour Championship, along with the FedEx Cup. That would make Player of the Year honors a fairly simple choice and allow players to overlook no majors when casting their votes.
Scott not only has a green jacket, he won the opening playoff event at The Barclays. He could make a strong case with three wins -- all against strong fields -- a major and the FedEx Cup.
Phil Mickelson has a claret jug from the British Open. He also won the Phoenix Open this year. He could bring the same credentials as Scott if he were to win the Tour Championship, boosted by having been a runner-up at the U.S. Open and the sentimental factor of having never won player of the year.
Woods also knows this is a big week.
"This tournament has a lot of value to it," he said. "There are guys who have won a couple times, but they've had major championships in there. It's up for grabs for player of the year."
Woods already has won the award 10 times.
That's not to suggest he had nothing to say about the role of TV. Woods, who met with tour commissioner Tim Finchem before his news conference Wednesday, said there needs to be a time limit on calling in potential infractions. He also stated the obvious -- that he's on TV a lot more than anyone else.
"It's a new age in which there is a lot of cameras that are around -- well, around my group and then some of the top players," Woods said. "The commissioner was right. We're going to have to have more discussions about it."
Finchem had said Tuesday that one of the issues is determining when it would be reasonable to accept outside information, and he raised the notion of a time limit.