Tiger Woods Falls Out of Top 20 for First Time Since 1997

Once the world's greatest golfer, Woods has been on a steady decline since the sex scandal surfaced in 2009.

Posted: 07/26/2011 12:13 PM EDT
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Tiger Woods Falls Out of Top 20 for First Time Since 1997

The free-fall Tiger Woods has been on the past couple of years has been as prolific as any in recent sports history.

 

Woods has gone from being the most dominant golfer in the world, to one who can’t win a major to one who can’t complete a tournament since his sex scandal became public in 2009.

 

Now after all of this turmoil, Woods has dropped out of the top 20 for the first time since January 1997. Woods is 21st this week.

 

But this was bound to happen as Woods continues to battle image issues along with his non-existent game these days. He hasn’t played since May 12 due to knee and Achilles tendon injuries. And there is no planned returned to the tour for the man who held the No. 1 ranking for much of the last 11 years.

 

Last week Woods fired his longtime caddie Steve Williams and he has taken a beating in the media for that decision, as well.

 

Contact Terrance Harris at terrancefharris@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @Terranceharris

 

(Photo: AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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