He’s nowhere near the Top 10, but Tiger Woods at least doesn’t have a four-digit ranking anymore.
Following his ninth-place finish at the Hero World Challenge last week, Woods put positive points on his Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) for the first time in almost a year.
Ranked 1,199th entering the tournament, he climbed 531 spots to No. 668. If Woods is able to maintain his health and simply makes a number of cuts this year, he’ll soar through the rankings towards the top 100 in no time. He’s basically competing like a PGA rookie after his abbreviated 2016 season.
As the calendar year winds down, Rickie Fowler had the only move in the top 10, rising two spots to No. 7 after his win at the Hero World Challenge. Fowler’s climb gives the US five of the top eight golfers in the world – #1 Dustin Johnson, #2 Jordan Spieth, #3 Justin Thomas, Fowler and #8 Brooks Koepka.
Only five of the current top 10 were in the top 10 at the end of 2016. When last year ended, Jason Day was #1 and is now 12th. Rory McIlroy was #2 and is now 10th.
Of the rest of last year’s final Top 10, former #9 Alex Noren is 17th; former #8 Patrick Reed is 24th; former #7 Adam Scott is 31st; and former #10 Bubba Watson is 83rd.
Charley Hoffman, who finished second at the Hero World Challenge after leading most of the way, jumped up five spots from No. 27 to No. 22. The affable Hoffman has risen 39 spots in 2017.