For the first time since he entered among the top rankings in the world of professional golf, Tiger Woods has dropped out of the top 50 in the official world rankings.
Woods has been a Top 50 ranked player in golf’s world rankings since 1996. He has been a regular feature as number 1 in the world since then, and even began 2011 at number 2. However, now for the first time in nearly 15 years since first entering the top 50, his decline has become even more glaringly apparent as he dropped down to 51st in the rankings today.
The golf legend finished in just third place at the recent Texas Open; resulting in him dropping down to 51st in the world rankings.
Woods has not won a tour in close to two years and officially fell out of the top 50 rankings when Louis Oosthuizen created a three-way tie for fifth place at the Dunhill Links Championship. Woods’ rank slipped outside of the coveted top rankings for the first time since Oct. 13, 1996 when he was placed at 61, according to ESPN.
Woods also missed the cut at the U.S. PGA Championships in August, in a downturn of form that has shocked most in the golfing world.
Despite being ranked number 51 by the Official World Golf Rankings this week, Woods spent 780 weeks on the top 50 list and managed to win the PGA tour 71 times, according to Bloomberg News.
The top 50 rankings were headed by Luke Donald at number one, followed by Lee Westwood at number two, Rory Mcllroy at number three, Steve Stricker at number four, Dustin Jonson at number five, Martin Kaymer at number six and Jason Day at number seven.
Woods will have another opportunity to redeem his position on the list when he plays in the Frys.com Open on Oct. 6.
After scoring 62 last week at the Medalist, Tiger spoke about being confident in a comeback performance.
“My training sessions are great. Strength has come back,” Woods said, according to USA Today. “My explosiveness has come back through my training, and now just trying to get my feels back, and it feels great."