Tiger Woods drops to 62nd in world, lowest since 1st year as a professional

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Tiger Woods' back troubles at Torrey Pines contributed to his latest drop in the Official World Golf Ranking.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, February 09, 2015 | 9:02 a.m.
The latest edition of the Official World Golf Ranking came out Monday morning, and it confirmed the bad news for Tiger Woods that many expected. Woods is now down to 62nd in the ranking – his lowest ranking since his first year as a professional.
 
He's one spot behind No. 61 Tim Clark, and one spot ahead of No. 63 Brandt Snedeker. Jason Day, who won the Farmers Insurance Open, from which Woods withdrew with an apparent back injury on Friday, is up to No. 4. Anirban Lahiri of India, who won the Maybank Malaysia Open on Sunday is up to 37th – or 25 spots ahead of Woods.
 
Here is a quick run through Woods' history with the world ranking:
 
 
He was ranked No. 732 in the world on Feb. 19, 1994, even though just a junior player, and fell as low as No. 875 by the next spring – remember, he was still an amateur and only receiving points for his few starts in professional events. He turned pro in the fall of 1996, won in Las Vegas almost immediately, and had jumped up to No. 23 by the first ranking of 1997.
 
He achieved his 12-stroke breakthrough victory at the 1997 Masters, was up No. 2 by the end of May and took over as No. 1 on June 14, 1997. From that point, he dominated the top spot in the rankings – holding down No. 1 for a record 683 weeks, including all of 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. 
 
In late 2010, however, the effects of his layoff in the wake of his personal troubles began to erode his ranking. He fell as low as No. 58 by mid-October of 2011 because of his extended absence from action, but fought his way back up into the top three by the summer of 2012. He reclaimed the world No. 1 spot in April of 2013, and held it for more than a year – he won five times in 2013 and was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year – before dropping to No. 2 in May of 2014.
 
 
Unfortunately for Woods, it's been all downhill from there as his injuries and on-course struggles have prevented him from mounting another run up the rankings as he did two years ago. Since the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open roughly a year ago, Woods' best finishes have been a tie for 41st in the 2014 Dubai Desert Classic, a tie for 25th in the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, 69th in the 2014 British Open and a tie for 17th in his limited-field Hero World Challenge.
 
He's now gone 12 straight PGA Tour events without a top-10 finish – his last was his second place at The Barclays in the fall of 2013. And in his last six tournaments since back surgery last March, he has missed the cut three times, withdrawn twice and finished 69th in the British Open, his lowest 72-hole finish in a major.
 
His next scheduled start is the Honda Classic in three weeks. He's not expected to qualify for the WGC-Cadillac Championship (March 5-8), and the only other event he usually plays between then and the Masters is the Arnold Palmer Invitational (March 19-22).