Tiger Woods, 14-time major champion, is not among the world’s top 100 golfers anymore.
Spending 683 weeks in the top 100, Woods has dropped to 104. He finds himself knocked out of the list of world’s top 100 golfers for the first time since September 1996, when he was placed at 221.
He escalated steeply to the 75th position the following week by winning the Las Vegas Invitational, the first of his 79 PGA Tour victories.
He has not played since withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open on February 6th, when he said he was “not acceptable for tournament golf” and was going on an indefinite break.
According to Yahoo Sports, in the last 15 months Woods has secured merely 9.73 world ranking points. If the last quarter of 2013 were to be dismissed, he would’ve been further back in the rankings.
Looking forward, the golfer hopes “to be ready for the Masters, and I will continue to work hard preparing for Augusta.” He was won the Masters in Augusta four times previously.
According to BBC Sport golf correspondent, Iain Carter, “Tumbling out of the top 100 was inevitable given Woods’ lack of golf in recent times. The biggest concern is that he has not felt able to compete in recent weeks and we still don’t know whether he will be back for the Masters. For many players a slide down the rankings can be ruinous because a fall in standing limits playing opportunities. Woods’ glorious career provides a degree of immunity from this potentially vicious circle and he won’t struggle for events to enter when and if he feels ready to return.”
With four green jackets, all of which he received between 1997 and 2008, he secured his last significant tour victory at the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.
Woods first received the No. 1 ranking after he placed 19th at the 1997 US Open.
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