Tiger Woods Falls To 21st In World Rankings

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The World Golf Rankings which was released Monday showed former Number one Tiger Woods dropping to the No. 21 rank.

Woods was at the ranking’s top spot for 281 weeks from 2005. He was also at the top rankings for most5 periods between 1998 and 2004. However, he was overtaken by Lee Westwood last year and since then, his ranking has been going down, without winning a single tournament since November 2009.

Woods is now trailing seven American golfers including Steve Stricker at No. 5, Phil Mickelson at number six, Dustin Johnson at number seven, Matt Kuchar at number ten, Nick Watney at number eleven, Bubba Watson at number thirteen and Hunter Mahan at number nineteen. The top ranking golfers are however Englishmen Westwood and Luke Donald at the number one and two spots. At the third spot is Martin Kaymer and fourth is Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy.

Wood’s car accident just outside his home in Florida in November, 2009 led to the revelation of his multiple marital infidelities which further led to a divorce and his downfall from golf. His knee and Achilles injuries have prevented him from participating in most tournaments this year.

However, there are reports that Woods would be returning this week at the Firestone. Open Championship rumour has it that Woods would compete at the Greenbrier Classics this week and then appear at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and in Atlanta for the PGA Championship. While the Greenbrier news turned out to be false, it appears that the other reports are true with Woods expected to announce his return for next Thursday’s Bridgestone Invitational.