Sport Tiger Woods drops out of world's top 1000 for first time

13:25  17 july  2017
13:25  17 july  2017 Source:   Omnisport

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Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world ’ s top 100 for the first time since 1996 amid continued speculation over his involvement at the Masters next week.

Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world ' s top 100 golfers for the first time in his career. The 14-time major winner, who first moved into the top 100 in 1996 and then spent a cumulative record 683 weeks as world number one, has dropped to 104.

tigerwoods - Cropped: Former world number one Tiger Woods © Provided by Omnisport Former world number one Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods dropped out of the top 1000 in golf's official world rankings for the first time in his career on Monday.

The 14-time major winner's 683 weeks as world number one are comfortably the most in the history of the rankings, but the American's career has suffered a dismal slide in recent years amid ravaging back injuries.

Woods has not played in a professional event since February due to back trouble and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he was found asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes on May 29 in Jupiter, Florida, attributing his condition to an "unexpected reaction" to the medication he was on following surgery.

Though the 41-year-old recently completed a "private intensive program", it is unclear when - if ever - the icon will return.

Woods has resided at career-low status in the rankings for some time, but his slide passed a new, eye-catching milestone on Monday, as he was confirmed as the new world number 1,005.

In the upper climes of the list, Jon Rahm took seventh place from Henrik Stenson, as the sport's leading players prepare for the Open at Royal Birkdale this week.

'No current player matches Woods' .
Gary Player believes that no current player could have matched Tiger Woods during his peak years. The nine-time major winner also refuted claims that lifting heavy weights led to Woods' injury problems but acknowledged that the 41-year-old American faces a "monumental" challenge to return to top level golf.Speaking at The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale, Player, himself a three-time Open champion, argued that Woods would have had even greater success had he stayed with coach Butch Harmon."I think one of the biggest mistakes Tiger Woods ever made was leaving Butch Harmon," he told Sky Sports.

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