For the past 23 years Tiger Woods has held a spot in the Official World Golf Rankings’ Top-1,000…until today. Woods has officially fallen from the Top-1,000 for the first time in his career.
Per Will Grey of the Golf Channel, the men’s rankings were released on Monday with Woods ranked in the 1,005th position. This is the lowest Woods has ranked in his professional career. Prior to this ranking the lowest ranking Woods received was 730th, which came in 1994 when he accumulated his first points as an amateur.
The 41-year-old has played in seven events during the current two-year ranking period, and has accumulated only 3.88 world-ranking points in that span. The last tournament he played in was the Hero World Challenge in December where he placed 15th out of 17 participants.
Woods held the No.1 ranking in the OWGR for 683 weeks during his career, no other professional golfer has come close to that level of dominance.
The 14-time major champion underwent back surgery in April to relieve pain in his lower back. This was the fourth time Woods has gone under the knife for pain in his back.
“It has been just over a month since I underwent fusion surgery on my back, and it is hard to express how much better I feel,” Tiger said on his website in May. “It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years. “
A long list of injuries has been attributed to Woods’ downfall over the years, and the questions on whether he can still play or not won’t be fully answered until he finds himself back competing for major championships.
Now a great deal of things have changed since the last time Woods was not ranked in the Top-1,000. So for fun here are some notable events from the year 1994:
- The sitcom Friends was launched
- Movies like The Lion King, Forrest Gump, and The Shawshank Redemption hit the big screen
- Amazon and Yahoo were created
- OJ Simpson’s infamous White Bronco chase
- Arnold Palmer played in his last U.S. Open