It’s the end of an era, as Tiger Woods has officially slid out of the top 1,000 in the World Golf rankings.
While Woods was remains the most recognizable name in the world of golf, his inactivity, and struggles when active led to his fall. He was last ranked first in the world in 2014.
Woods has been in steady decline since a low-speed car crash revealed his numerous extra-martial affairs. His wife Elin divorced him slowly after that, and Woods’ career has never managed to get back on track.
There have been precious few bright spots in nearly a decade of injury-riddled futility on the links for Woods.
The world rankings only take into account the past two years of performance in a golfers career, which is what led to Woods slipping all the way down to 1,005. With his recent DUI, which was related to prescription drugs, it is unclear when he might be back in a tournament that qualifies to help aid his world ranking.
As Woods continues to struggle with his personal life and well-being, his dominance on the golf course because a faint memory. He shattered nearly every record, and appeared well on his way to winning the most Masters of any golfer. What appeared to be a forgone conclusion at one point, seems highly unlikely now.
Woods holds the records for most weeks ranked as the top golfer in the world at 683. It appears unlikely as ever that he’ll be able to make in 684.