Tiger Woods Drops Out of Golf’s Top 50 for First Time Since October 1996

Tiger Woods dropped out of golf’s top 50 rankings for the first time since October 1996 as the American continues to struggle to return from injury.

Woods is ranked 51st this week, according to the Official World Golf Rankings released today. He spent 780 weeks in the top 50, the Virginia Water, England-based rankings organization said.

Woods, 35, ranked second at the end of 2010. He missed the cut for weekend play at August’s U.S. PGA Championship, the final major tournament of the year, and failed to qualify for the U.S. PGA Tour’s playoffs. The 71-time winner on the PGA Tour missed almost four months this season with Achilles tendon and knee injuries and has failed to win since November 2009. The 14- time major champion tied for fourth at April’s Masters Tournament.

England’s Luke Donald and Lee Westwood were first and second in the rankings, with Rory McIlroy in third. Steve Stricker ranked fourth, making him the top American.

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