Tiger Woods to drop out of golf's top 10 for first time in 14 years
Woods has not won a tournament in 18 months, meaning more points will be coming off his two-year ledger this week. As a result, the highest he can be ranked next week is No. 11.
That's a streak of 14-plus years coming to an end. Woods ascended into the top 10 the week after winning the Masters in 1997, the first of his 14 major championships.
His five-year reign atop the rankings ended late last year. He started this season at No. 2 and has been dropping ever since.
Last week, Woods withdrew from the Players Championship, after shooting a six-over-par 42 on the front nine of his opening round, because of a lingering knee injury. It was his first attempt to play after his fourth-place tie at the Masters.
His status for next month's U.S. Open remains unknown.
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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