Another new week brings another new low in the life and times of 14-time major winner Tiger Woods. The OWGR rankings, published Monday, have Tiger ranked at No. 1,005 in the world.
Over the past two seasons, Tiger has played in only two qualifying events: the 2016 Hero World Challenge, an 18-man, no-cut field and the 2017 Farmer’s Insurance Open. He finished 15th in the former and missed the cut in the latter.
- Tiger Woods held the #1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) for a record 683 weeks between 1998 and 2013. The new rankings have him projected at #1005. Notable players in the 1000-1025 range include Michael Sim (1008), Ben Kohles (1009), Arjun Atwal (T1025), and Darren Clarke (T1025).
- The world rankings are tallied using a player’s previous two years of play, a time period where Tiger has barely played. He was T10 in his last 2015 event, and then sat out the 2016 season recovering from back surgery.
- Tiger was attempting a comeback for the 2017 season, but injuries and personal issues have limited him to just two events, with one of those, the Hero World Challenge, being an unofficial event with minimal world rankings points.
- In addition to back trouble, Tiger has been dealing with a painkiller addiction, which came to light after a DUI in late May.
“I am currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder. I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour.”
–Tiger Woods, most-recent statement on Twitter