Woods drops be­low top 1,000 in rank­ings

Stalling of ca­reer put him that low

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS -

For­mer No. 1 Tiger Woods is not ranked in the top 1,000 of the of­fi­cial World Golf Rank­ing for the first time in his pro­fes­sional ca­reer.

Woods was No. 1,005 in Mon­day’s rank­ing, which ac­counts for the last two years.

He has only one top-20 fin­ish in the last two sea­sons, com­ing in 15th place at the Hero World Chal­lenge.

Woods was ranked No. 1 in the World rank­ings for 683 weeks, more than dou­ble the next high­est, Greg Nor­man, spent at the top.

A re­turn to com­pet­i­tive pro­fes­sional golf is not a cer­tainty for Woods, who said June 20 he planned to seek pro­fes­sional help in deal­ing with pain med­i­ca­tion de­pen­dency.

Woods was ar­rested May 29 when po­lice in Jupiter, Fla., found his ve­hi­cle parked 15 miles from Woods’ home in an awk­ward man­ner. Woods was asleep be­hind the wheel and the ve­hi­cle was slightly dam­aged. Four med­i­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Vi­codin, were listed on the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

Woods had four back oper­a­tions since 2014, in­clud­ing spinal fu­sion surgery in the spring. 6:35 a.m. lo­cal time.

Spi­eth’s group hits the tee box at 9:47 a.m. (4:47 a.m. ET).

Masters cham­pion Ser­gio Gar­cia and Ja­son Day are joined by Zach John­son, the 2015 Open win­ner, and Rory McIl­roy is in a group with World No. 1-ranked Dustin John­son and Charl Schwartzel.

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