OWGR: Tiger Woods Drops Below Top 100 for First Time in Three Years

Published 05/18/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 19: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the range during the first round of the PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando on December 19, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)


Tiger Woods is working hard to get back on the PGA Tour. The injuries that he sustained from the single-car crash in February have been keeping him away from the sport longer than expected. However, Woods might be extra motivated to get back on the tour after seeing his recent drop in the Official World Golf Ranking.

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The Official World Golf Ranking keeps updating every week or after every tournament. A lot of golfers gained spots on the official chart with the recently concluded AT&T Byron Nelson tournament, but it was a disappointment for Tiger Woods. 

Tiger Woods sees major fall in official ranking

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Woods, who was 97th on the Official World Golf Ranking last week, has now slipped down to the 103rd spot. The six-spot slide is a major downfall in his career, as he’s never been ranked below the Top 100 since March 2018. 

However, Tiger Woods has been experiencing this for quite some years now. He ranked inside the Top 100 of the OWGR from March 2018 to May 2021, but the phase before that was even worse. 

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – FEBRUARY 02: Tiger Woods o f the USA on the 9th green during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on February 2, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

The years 2015,2016, and 2017, can be deemed as Woods’ worst on the PGA Tour in terms of where he stood on the rankings. His year-end rank was 416, 652, and 656, respectively, in those three years. 

Tiger Woods gained massive spots on the rankings after his 2019 Masters win. He finished 2019 as the sixth-ranked player in the world, his highest year-end ranking since 2013. So it has always been ups and downs for Woods when it comes to his official world golf ranking. 

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Recovery update on Woods

Tiger Woods met with a single-car crash in February that left him severely injured. Woods was overspeeding at 82-87 mph in a 45 mph zone and authorities declared that this was the sole cause of the accident. 

Woods simply lost control and crashed his car near Southern California. He’s been recovering since, and Golf Channel contributor George Savaricas recently provided an update on the 15-time major winner’s recovery timeline.

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“Hearing TW [Tiger Woods] at the point in the healing process where the next benchmark is for blood circulation to get back to normal in his injured right foot. Once this happens, recovery timelines will fall into place,” Savaricas tweeted. 

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Tiger Woods has not competed in a PGA Tour event since the 2020 Masters. Golf fans have been eagerly waiting for the 45-year-old to return to the competitive stage, and it is still unknown when Woods can make a proper comeback.

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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