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Tiger Woods falls to the lowest world ranking of his career

November 13, 2023

Patrick Smith

Tiger Woods has entered unchartered territory in the Official World Golf Ranking. And, this time, not in a good way.

The 15-time major champ fell to No. 1,307 in Monday's latest edition of the OWGR. That marks the lowest spot he's ever been in his professional career, a fact pointed out by Twitter OWGR guru Nosferatu.

As noted, Woods' previous low mark came in February of this year. Woods then finished T-45 at the Genesis Invitational, a PGA Tour event he hosts, to move back into the top 1,000. That would be the last full event he would play in the 2022-2023 PGA Tour season.

Woods made the cut at the Masters in April, but withdrew during the third round at Augusta National after reaggravating his plantar fasciitis. He had ankle surgery later that month and has yet to return to competition. In total, Woods has only played in five counting events during the ranking's two-year window.

Recent videos of Woods caddying for his son, Charlie, have given golf fans hope that he'll return to action soon—either at the Hero World Challenge, which Woods hosts in the Bahamas, or the PNC Championship, where he's partnered with Charlie the past three years. Both tournaments are in December.

Woods recently did an interview with the Associated Press in which the 47-year-old gave an update on his health.

“My ankle is fine. Where they fused my ankle, I have absolutely zero issue whatsoever,” Woods said. “That pain is completely gone.

“… But all the surrounding areas is where I had all my problems and I still do,” he said. “So, you fix one, others have to become more hypermobile to get around it, and it can lead to some issues.”

Woods holds the record for most total weeks spent at No. 1 in the OWGR at 683. He also spent a record 281 consecutive weeks in the top spot from June 2005 to October 2010.