While Tiger’s recovery from his car crash has been going fairly smoothly, he is not going to be competing on the Tour anytime soon. It’s a work in progress, but we will have to wait a little longer before we get to see one of our favorite golfers back in action. Unfortunately, Woods has also suffered a dip in his standings to number 403 this week.
However, this is not the first time that the golf star has fallen back this far. Plagued by a series of injuries in 2015, this is when he first fell off the charts. Slowly and steadily, he dropped down, and soon; he was out of the top 100, for the first time since his career took off in 1996.
Nevertheless, this was not the biggest upset for the then 14-time major winner. In 2017, successive injuries caused him to drop outside the top-1000 for the first time in his illustrious career. And if all continues the same, then we might be nearing it again.
A Twitter account recently disclosed their learnings and revealed that Woods has dropped out of the top-400 in the Official World Golf Rankings. He finished 2020 ranked within the top 50 and after almost a year of stagnancy, it is no surprise that he has fallen through. In fact, Woods had once held the highest rank (World No. 1) for a bewildering 683 weeks!
In the time since his accident, Tiger has been hard at work, enduring surgery and a painful rehab process. Though representatives have also said he has made ‘remarkable recovery’. And while there has been speculation about his comeback, there is no official word from the man himself.
The last time Tiger was spotted on the course was at a junior tournament in Florida, where he was supporting his son Charlie. Even then, he was sporting a knee brace, suggesting still ongoing recovery and precaution.
However, if anyone can do it, it’s Woods. He’s done it in the past and he has enough motivation, considering the lot of records that he hasn’t taken over yet. What do you think?
This article originally appeared on Essentially Sports.