Former World No 1 Woods drops out of the top 100 rankings for the first time since 1996
London: Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world's top 100 golfers for the first time since 1996.
Tiger Woods. Pic/Getty Images
The 39-year-old has struggled to return to the form which saw him spend a record 683 weeks as World No 1 and is now ranked 104 in the official rankings.
The 14-time major winner carded an 82 at the Phoenix Open in January, a round which he described as his worst as a professional.
Woods has not played since he withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open on February 6 saying he will not return until he can "compete at the highest level".
Woods has said he is "hopeful" of a return at the Masters which starts on April 9, but if he does forgo the tournament it will be the second successive occasion he has done so.
Woods was last outside the top 100 in September 1996 when he was ranked 225.
The then 20-year-old won the Las Vegas Invitational, the first of his 79 PGA Tour victories.
Woods lost his No 1 ranking to Adam Scott in May last year after a 2013 which saw him suffer poor form and injuries.
The American picked up an elbow injury at the Players Championship before he finished 13 over par at the US Open and only returned from the injury for The Open. Woods was in contention all week at Muirfield and finished five shots behind winner Phil Mickelson.
Victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational two weeks later looked like it could be the catalyst to kick-start Woods' winning habit.
However Woods sustained a back injury during the 2014 Honda Classic and subsequently missed the Masters for the first time since 1994.
His up and down form continued as a brilliant first round of 69 at the Open was followed up by a 77 and a finish of 69th.
May 18, 2014
Knocked off No 1 spot
The American lost his grip on top spot after spending a cumulative 683 weeks there after World No 136 Brandon Todd won his first PGA Tour event at the Byron Nelson Championship to allow Australia's Adam Scott to move to number one despite not even playing that week.
July 6, 2014
Out of the top five
Woods had missed the cut at the previous week's Quicken Loans National, a tourney which benefits his own foundation, on his first appearance in 109 days after back surgery and then did not play in the Greenbrier Classic. That was won by Angel Cabrera at the age of 44 — his first victory since the 2009 Masters.
Aug 17, 2014
Out of the top 10
Woods lost his top-10 place after his season ended the previous week when he missed the cut at the PGA Championship, an event won by the world's new undisputed No 1 Rory McIlroy. Colombian Camilo Villegas registered his first win in four years at the Wyndham Championship.
Feb 1, 2015
Out of the top 50
Woods' return to the PGA Tour for his 2015 debut did not go well at the Phoenix Open where he missed the cut by 12 shots, tying dead-last with club professional Michael Hopper and — as a result — dropping out of the top 50 to 56th in the world. Brooks Koepka secured his maiden PGA Tour win in Phoenix.