Tiger Woods is no longer among the Top 1000 golfers in the world, at least according to the Official World Golf Rankings.
Considering Woods shattered every record for number of weeks at #1 in the rankings with 683 weeks holding the top spot including two stints of at least five years consecutively, seeing this latest development is truly astounding.
We’ve covered Woods’ precipitious drop throughout the past couple of years previously. Back in 2015 he fell all the way to 400th in the World Golf Rankings. And since then, because of his inactivity, Woods has seen his ranking continue to slide like one Black Friday market crash after another. Woods now currently ranks 1,005th in the World Golf Rankings.
It’s not so much a comment on Woods’ legacy or his past success as it is due to the WGR formula that only looks at a golfer’s last two years of competition. Woods was so dominant in his prime because he kept winning and winning and winning. But because his career has become dormant, his ranking points have slowly evaporated.
Woods was last ranked #1 on May 10, 2014. Since then you can see how he has gradually fallen to #1005 in the world. You can see here from the official rankings graph just how much Woods’ standing in the world has fallen.
Woods currently has just 3.88 rankings points. To put that number into perspective, current world #1 Dustin 541.24 points and his average is over 12 points per tournament. Woods only has three tournaments in the past 2 years that have given him rankings points – a T18 at the Quicken Loans National and a T10 at the Wyndham Championship in 2015 and a 15th placed finish in the Hero World Challenge in 2016.
Woods is currently sandwiched between #1004 James Beck III, whose best career finish is a T2 at the Argentina Open on the Latinoamerica PGA Tour, and #1006 Henric Sturehed, whose best career finish is a 3rd place finish on the Scandinavian golf tours.
Of course, it’s an uncertainty when or if we will ever see Woods play again. After missing most of the last two years due to injury, his DUI arrest and subsequent treatment program for his medication has brought to light further struggles with his personal health.