Tiger Woods Drops To Record Low World Ranking

The former World No.1 has hit a new low in the Official World Golf Ranking

Tiger Woods during the second round of the 150th Open at St Andrews
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Tiger Woods has slipped to his lowest ever position in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). 

The 46-year-old, who has spent a record 683 weeks as World No.1, has now fallen to World No.1206, seven places lower than his previous worst position of World No.1199.

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Woods has played only three times this year as he attempts to regain fitness following a horrific leg injury he sustained in a car accident early in 2021. His first appearance came in The Masters in April. Woods impressed many with a creditable performance at Augusta National, finishing 47th with only his wayward putting standing in the way of a higher finish.

Following that encouraging display, Woods jumped 228 places to World No.745. However, any hopes that he could build on that were dashed when he withdrew from the PGA Championship after three rounds with his injury still clearly bothering him. Woods then opted to miss the US Open before playing in the 150th Open at St Andrews. Once again, though, the 15-time Major winner was far from at his best, and missed the cut following rounds of 78 and 75.

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Those performances coupled with Woods’ absence since July have inevitably led to a tumbling down the rankings. However, there are signs that the American may soon be in a position to start addressing the lowly position. He has recently been spotted practising at Pebble Beach, while his close friend Notah Begay III also suggested he could make an appearance later this year.

That could yet be at an event he hosts, the Hero World Challenge, which gets under way on 28 November. While Woods was not listed in the preliminary field for the event – which offers OWGR points – there are still three tournament exemption slots to be filled. 

Mike Hall

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

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