Tiger Woods' career not finished despite drop in World Golf Ratings
By Terrin Waack | Staff ReporterBy Terrin Waack | 02/09/2015 9:57pm
Tiger Woods' current ranking at No. 62 is his lowest ranking since he first joined the PGA Tour back in 1996. Tribune News Service
Used to being No. 1, Tiger Woods has hit a new career low as he dropped to the No. 62 slot in the latest World Golf Rankings.
The only other time he has been ranked this low was when he first joined the PGA Tour back in 1996 and was ranked No. 75.
During last week’s Farmers Insurance Open, Woods withdrew himself during his first round on the 12th hole. Now 39 years old, Woods has back pain from a former injury.
This same back injury is the reason he was limited to only seven tournaments in 2014. He has only been able to play four complete rounds in a competition since July. On top of that, he also missed the cut for the Waste Management Phoenix Open and last week was his first competitive tournament in two months.
Could this be the beginning of the end for Woods?
Kelly Tilghman of The Golf Channel shared her thoughts of Woods and this year’s Masters over Twitter.
“Tiger Woods odds to win Masters drops to 50-1 after his WD at Farmers Ins Open. Probably similar to his odds of playing in it,” she tweeted Monday morning.
This can’t be the end of Woods though. Not yet.
With a long injury history including four knee operations and fixes to his back, an elbow and an Achilles tendon, this isn’t the first time Woods has faced pain and overcome it.
Woods needs to prove Tilghman and everyone else who doubts his chances at making it to the Masters wrong. Just because this has been a rocky time for him doesn’t mean it is the end of him – everyone faces obstacles in their careers that have to be overcome.
Even if he doesn’t make it to the Masters this year – Tilghman clearly doesn’t think his chances are that good right now – he still has next year. Sometimes you just can’t win them all, but it’s not over. What is important is that Woods takes care of his health so he can reclaim his spot over No. 1 Rory McIlroy.
Golf without Tiger Woods just wouldn’t be the same.