Ineffective play when he is healthy and skipping lots of tournaments between them is leading to Tiger Woods nearing a dip out of the top 10 in the official World Golf Rankings.
Woods fell to 10th in this week’s poll, dropping a spot as RBC Canadian Open runner-up Jim Furyk clambered from 10th to 8th.
Woods was ranked No. 1 at the end of 2013, but fell to fifth during his time off this spring due to injury, then to ninth shortly thereafter.
Since 1997, he has ended only one year ranked outside the top three – that being 2011 when injuries forced him to miss two majors and he wound up 23rd overall.
Woods has only played six events so far in 2014 because of injuries and surgery. The last time he played fewer than 10 events in a season came in 2008, when his altercation with his then-wife Elin Nordgren became public, followed by multiple counts of infidelity.
Last season was Woods’ 12th to finish No. 1 in the world.
The current world No. 1, Adam Scott, held onto that position for the 11th consecutive week, followed by Rory McIlory, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose.
Canadian Open winner Tim Clark rose by more than 100%, climbing from 153rd to 75h thanks to his victory at the Royal Montreal.
England’s David Horsey, who won the M2M Russian Open in Moscow last week, climbed 80 spots from 198th to 118th.