Tiger Woods Makes Huge Jump Up World Rankings After Making Masters Cut

The 46-year-old climbs over 200 places in the Official World Rankings following his Masters comeback

Tiger Woods plays a tee shot during the fourth round of the 2022 Masters
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Tiger Woods made his long-awaited comeback from injury at last week’s Masters, and, while he finished 47th, his performance was enough to see his world ranking leap by over 200 places.

The fact that Woods played at all last week surprised many. After all, it is only two months since the 15-time Major winner declared he had “a long way to go” in his recovery from leg injuries sustained following a horrific car crash in February last year. Woods’ performance at Augusta National may have only offered glimpses of the enormous talent that has seen him win the tournament six times. However, considering the length of time he was absent and the severity of his injuries, the fact he competed at all is remarkable.

Not only did Woods compete, he also made the cut, largely thanks to an assured first round of one under par. The fairytale return of Woods winning The Masters wasn’t to be. His putting, including a four-putt, let him down in the third round as he slipped away from the frontrunners. Nevertheless, Woods' ability to complete four rounds on one of the most gruelling courses in the game was evidence enough that it had been a successful endeavour.

That has been reinforced by Woods’ latest Official World Golf Ranking. Before last week’s tournament, Woods had been ranked World No.973. Now, he has jumped to World No.745 with 2.8 ranking points following The Masters – a leap of 228 places. Of course, that is a long way short of the 679 weeks Woods has spent as World No.1 throughout his career, including 280 consecutive weeks between June 2005 and October 2010. 

However, despite limping at the end of his final round last week, Woods isn't finished there. He has filed an entry to June’s US Open and intends to play the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews in July. On top of that, he hasn’t written off another appearance at the year’s second Major, next month’s PGA Championship. While Woods admits that his days of performing full-time on the PGA Tour are behind him, further climbs up the Official World Rankings are surely to be expected as he looks to regain fitness and form in the coming months. 

Elsewhere, Scottie Scheffler unsurprisingly holds onto the World No.1 position following his first Masters win. Collin Morikawa moves up from World No.3 to World No.2 and Rory McIlroy is up to World No.7 from World No.9 courtesy of the final-round heroics that saw him finish runner-up. 

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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. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

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