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Tiger Woods makes a huge jump in the Official World Golf Ranking

December 05, 2016


The baby steps for Tiger Woods in his latest comeback continued on Monday with one giant leap in the Official World Golf Ranking. Despite finishing just 15th in an 18-man field (whittled down to 17 with Justin Rose's WD) at the Hero World Challenge, Woods moved up 248(!) spots when the new list came out on Monday.

Of course, he had a lot of room for improvement. Woods entered the week ranked No. 898, sandwiched in between Sean Riordan and Simon Yates. He's now No. 650, sandwiched between Jason Knutzon/Rakhyun Cho (tied for 648th) and Brice Garnett.

In comparison, Hideki Matsuyama started the week at No. 6. After winning the tournament, his fourth win in five starts, he moved up remained at No. 6 as the top five (Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth) stayed the same.

Woods was ranked 257th after a T-10 at the 2015 Wyndham Championship, his last tournament before returning from two back surgeries after more than 15 months away from competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge. In total, the 14-time major champ has spent a record 683 weeks at No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking.