Tiger Woods, once the world’s greatest golfer – some might say he still is – has slipped out of the world’s top 50 world ranked players for the first time in almost 15 years.
Woods, whose freefall plummet down the rankings has been caused by a lack of form due to his much-publicised private life and a spate of troublesome injuries that have curtailed his playing time, was pushed out of the elite 50 when former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen finished in a three-way tie for fifth at the recent Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Woods also endured an acrimonious split with long-time friend and caddie, Steve Williams – now bagman for Australian player, Adam Scott.
The former number one Woods had been widely tipped to better Jack Nicklaus’ long-standing majors wins record of 18, but that tally more and more seems unlikely given Woods’ alarming recent tournament record. Woods has now gone without a win for nearly two years, and his drop out of the top 50 brings to an end a run of 778 consecutive weeks spent inside the world’s top 50 rankings since he was ranked 61st back on October 13th, 1996.
Woods’ last competitive appearance came in the US PGA Championship, where he missed the cut. It was only his second tournament back after almost 3 months out with knee and ankle problems, and he has played only nine competitive events in 2011.
He makes his comeback this week in the Fall Series Frys.com Open at CordeValle in North Carolina.