Sep
18
2011
Journeyman Woods Falls to No. 49, Barely Remains Eligible for His Own Tourney
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Tiger shakes hands with G-Mac after G-Mac pulled a Tiger at last year's Chevron

Tiger Woods didn’t play in the BMW Championship, which he won two years ago, but he still emerged as a winner. Well, depending on how you see it. Woods, who was No. 47 in the world rankings this week, will drop two spots to No. 49 in the new rankings published Monday.

Great news! — Team Tiger was concerned he would drop outside the top 50, which would have made him ineligible for the Chevron World Challenge, the invite-only event he hosts in December that has world ranking points.

Via the AP:

The Chevron World Challenge was allowed two years ago to offer ranking points, provided it have only two sponsor exemptions and both were among the top 50 in the world. Woods was at No. 46 going into the week, and was passed by Geoff Ogilvy, Sergio Garcia and Bill Haas.

The tournament could have asked the PGA Tour for a change in criteria to allow Woods to play, although it might not have been able to award ranking points.

The tournament will be played Dec. 1-4 at Sherwood Country Club.

Woohoo! Had the tournament asked to change the rules for Tiger’s sake, it would have inevitably stirred up a bit of a controversy.