May
23
2011
Tiger Skids to No. 12 in the World
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

New World Order

As expected, Tiger Woods dropped out of the top ten for the first time in 14 years. In the latest edition of the world rankings, Woods fell from No. 8 to No. 12. Whoa, right?

Winless in 18 months and major-less since the ’08 US Open, he could continue to plummet further down the list if he doesn’t regain his form this summer. The world ranking points are accumulated over a two-year period. From June 2009 to September 2009, Woods won five times, meaning he’ll lose those points over the next four months. ESPN.com’s Kevin Maguire takes a closer look:

To put this into perspective, over his first six events of 2009 — which have already come off Woods’ world ranking record — Tiger’s average finish was 7.6 through that year’s Players Championship and included one victory at Bay Hill. During that span, he dropped from No. 2 in the world to No. 12.

Over the next four months, though, his world ranking points from 2009 will be nearly impossible to replace. From the 2009 Memorial in early June through the Tour Championship at the end of September, Woods claimed five victories in 10 events and nine top-10s overall for a staggering average finish of 2.8.

Maguire also notes that Tiger has lost more points than any other player in 2011.

After the Players Championship, no player in the world had lost more world ranking points (156.979) than Woods in 2011. No one in the top 16 had gained as few as Woods (42.801) this season. That doesn’t bode well for Woods if he wants to return to his place atop the game of golf.

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)