Woods set to miss HSBC Champions this fall unless things change

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Tiger Woods has four top-10 finishes in Shanghai, but he might not qualify for the field this fall.
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Series: PGA Tour

The decline and fall of Tiger Woods has come to this -- he doesn’t even qualify for the next World Golf Championship event as things stand now.

After missing the cut in the PGA Championship and therefore missing out on the FedExCup playoff series as a result, the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in early November might have seemed a possible next appearance for the 14-time major winner.

That is the event in which he has finished sixth the last two years and, before it was a world championship, the one in which he was runner-up to David Howell in 2005 and Y.E. Yang 12 months later.

Back then, the sponsors could invite whoever they wanted. But now there is a strict qualifying procedure and Woods needs to win somewhere in the next two months, climb back into the world's top 25 or take out Chinese citizenship to make it.

Already down to 30th on the rankings before he shot rounds of 77 and 73 to finish tied for 116th -- his worst-ever position in a major -- in Atlanta, the former No. 1 is certain to tumble farther as he contemplates what to do with a career that, until the scandal surrounding his private life, was shaping up to be the greatest of all time.

Personal turmoil and further problems with his knee and Achilles tendon have seen him fail to add to his 14 majors since the 2008 U.S. Open, the one he captured with a broken leg. He was not won any tournament since November 2009.

Woods could enter some Fall Series events on the PGA Tour and could even come to Europe this fall. But the only tournament on his schedule at the moment is the Australian Open on Nov. 10-13.