One of the most successful golfers in the world, Tiger Woods has dropped out of the top 1000 in golf’s official world rankings for the first time in his career on Monday.
The 14-time major winner’s 683 weeks as world number one are comfortably the most in the history of the rankings, but the American’s career has suffered a dismal slide in recent years amid ravaging back injuries.
Woods has not played in a professional event since February due to back trouble and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he was found asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes on May 29 in Jupiter, Florida, attributing his condition to an “unexpected reaction” to the medication he was on the following surgery.
Woods has resided at the career-low status in the rankings for some time, but his slide passed a new, eye-catching milestone on Monday, as he was confirmed as the new world number 1,005.
In the upper climes of the list, Jon Rahm took seventh place from Henrik Stenson, as the sport’s leading players prepare for the Open at Royal Birkdale this week.
As reported by BBC Sport, earlier this year the golfer was arrested for driving under the influence in Florida. Woods suggested his condition came about as a result of “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.”
The news Woods has fallen out of the top 1,000 comes on the cusp of the British Open at Royal Birkdale, where the world’s best golfers will gather in pursuit of the iconic Claret Jug. It’s a tournament Woods has won three times, most recently in 2006 at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake.
Dustin Johnson, the world No. 1 in the latest rankings, is among the favourites for glory when the competition gets underway again in Merseyside on Thursday.