Tiger Woods continues to make progress, which in this case means he's coming to Boston.
Woods, who started the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 112 in the standings, closed the Barclays Championship on Sunday at Paramus, N.J., with a 4-under 67 to easily make the top 100 who advance to the second round this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass.
Woods tied for 12th, his best finish since June, and moved up to No. 65.
Following an opening-round 65, Woods struggled in rounds two (72) and three (73). But after recovering Sunday, he insisted he's optimistic about the performance.
"Very pleased," he said after a final round that included five birdies against just one bogey. "I found something in my stroke today which was good. I was warming up, and I went with it. And I hit a lot of good putts today. ... If I just putt well this week or for all four days, I'm right there. The way I hit the golf ball all week, drove it pretty much on the string all week. And really controlled my irons. Unfortunately didn't putt well in the middle two rounds."
The other big winner Sunday was Andres Romero of Argentina. He made back-to-back double bogeys to fall well outside the top 100, then made a stunning charge with four birdies over his last five holes. Romero holed a 40-foot putt on his final hole to finish at No. 100 in the standings and advance to Boston.
"After the double bogeys, I figured it was lost," Romero said. "I knew I had to make birdies to have a chance."
Woods thought he had a chance, despite starting the final round nine shots behind. Practicing a drill on the putting green to keep his eyes over the ball, he took that to the course and played another solid round. It wasn't nearly enough -- he finished five shots behind -- but he was encouraged all the same.
"I haven't won all year," Woods said. "But this is a week that I was very close. Looking forward to next week."
Woods has had a good success rate at TPC Boston, winning once (2006), finishing second twice and never having been worse than 11th.
Information from ESPN.com's Jason Sobel and The Associated Press was used in this report.