Woods drops below top 1,000 in rankings
Stalling of career put him that low
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.