May
9
2011
Tiger’s Decline Continues…Ranking-Wise
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Tiger: Freefallin' down the OWGR

Tiger Woods has fallen to eighth in the world golf rankings after being surpassed by England’s Paul Casey. Although Casey missed the cut at last week’s Wells Fargo Championship, he ascended to the seventh spot in the ranking released on Monday. Tiger missed the event due to a mild sprain to his left knee (the one that’s endured four surgeries) and a sore Achilles tendon, which he endured during the third round of last month’s Masters.

England’s Lee Westwood remains the No. 1 player in the world after retaking the throne from Martin Kaymer two weeks ago. With Tiger dropping down another place, fourth-ranked Phil Mickelson is the highest-ranked American and the only non-European in the top seven.

Last Friday, Tiger committed to THE PLAYERS, held this week at TPC Sawgrass. With the exception of Westwood and sixth-ranked Rory McIlroy, eight of the top-ten players will compete in the PGA Tour’s premier event.

I have yet to consult with the mathematicians-that-be on whether or not Tiger can move up if he wins or finishes well — or slip even further down if he, say, misses the cut. Will he even be ranked a top-ten player at year-end? Or will he start winning again to retake his throne as the best golfer in the world? Great questions! I don’t have an answer and Tiger probably doesn’t either.

(AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)