Tiger Woods gives up his top-ranking position

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods gives up

Tiger Woods has always been considered one of the best golfers of all times, occupying the highest positions and being atop the world ranking for 623 weeks in his career. Now he’s under the threat of falling out of the top 10 in the world for the first time for 14 years.

The once most successful and powerful athlete in the golf world, Tiger Woods has derailed his own career after his extra-marital relationships came to light leading him to a divorce with his wife and quick decline of his career.

The golfer has won his last tournament 18 months ago at the Australian Masters, and hasn’t gained anything important since then. And though he started this season pretty well, he didn’t show any significant results since then. This may lead him to drop to the No. 11 in the world ranking. It will be the first time since 1997 he didn’t enter the top 10 – then he was ranked No. 13 on April 6, 1997 – just the week before he won his first the Masters for the first of his majors.

Forbes Magazine, however, thinks in a different way and still considers Tiger Woods the first person in the world of golf – one of the most powerful and influential athletes. He hit the No.6 on Forbes annual “Celebrity 100” list of the most vigorous people or groups in the show business. Lady Gaga is chosen the No. 1 in the list and is followed by Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, U2 and Elton John. Forbes calculated Woods’ earnings last year as $75 million, making him the highest-paid athlete in the sport world.

Woods did show some significant results at the beginning of this year, ranking No.2 but has been gradually falling below this position. Being the fourth at the Masters last year, he has withdrawn his candidacy for The Players Championship last week due to some troubles with his left knee. However he said in a statement on Monday he would return to game on June 16-19 at the U.S. Open at Congressional.