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A tumbling Tiger Woods has dropped off the World’s elite top 50 list for the first time in nearly 15 years.

A tumbling Tiger Woods has dropped off the World’s elite top 50 list for the first time in nearly 15 years.

A knee injury and his failure to qualify for the FedEx Cup play-off series has kept him out of golf for months on end this year and this has contributed heavily to his fall on a World Rankings list which he dominated for most of the past decade.

But he’ll have a chance to stop the rot at the second event of the US PGA Tour’s Fall series this week when he plays in the Frys.com Open at CordeValle in northern California.

Woods, who hasn’t won in nearly two years, dropped out of the top 50 on the latest World Ranking list when South African Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open Champion, finished in a three-way tie for fifth in the Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday.

That event ended a Tiger Woods run of 778 consecutive weeks inside the top 50, dating back to when he was sitting in 61st place on the rankings list on October 13, 1996.

In the case of the weekend’s big winner, Michael Hoey – his heroics at the Dunhill Links Championship have moved Northern Ireland’s latest winner into the top 100 of golf’s world rankings.

Hoey climbs from 271st to 98th in the updated standings that also saw Woods drop to 5st and England’s Luke Donald remain at world number one ahead of compatriot Lee Westwood and US Open champion Rory McIlroy, who was second to Hoey on Suday, in third place.

Kevin Na’s first PGA Tour victory at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas on Sunday moved him up from 76th to 62nd.

On the subject of Tiger Woods, Golf365.comhas noticed that Golf World’s Tim Rosaforten has reported that Woods went out and shot a course-record 62 this weekend at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.

He made 10 birdies, including seven on the back nine for a 29 – and he could so easily have been even lower, according to Rosaforte.

Woods only just missed a 15-footer for eagle on the course’s 18th hole.

Known for its difficulty, Medalist plays 7,157 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 74.5 and a slope of 142 and is certainly no pushover.

In this kind of form, Woods can be expected to make his re-entry into the top 50 very quickly.

Monday’s top 100 on the latest up-dated World Ranking list:

1 Luke Donald (Eng) 10.70
2 Lee Westwood (Eng) 7.79
3 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 7.35
4 Steve Stricker (USA) 6.56
5 Dustin Johnson (USA) 6.49
6 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 6.34
7 Jason Day (Aus) 5.94
8 Adam Scott (Aus) 5.69
9 Matt Kuchar (USA) 5.61
10 Phil Mickelson (USA) 5.59
11 Nick Watney (USA) 5.37
12 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 4.93
13 Webb Simpson (USA) 4.91
14 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 4.73
15 K J Choi (Kor) 4.70
16 Bubba Watson (USA) 4.38
17 Justin Rose (Eng) 4.23
18 David Toms (USA) 4.16
19 Hunter Mahan (USA) 4.14
20 Paul Casey (Eng) 3.96
21 Bill Haas (USA) 3.89
22 Kyung-tae Kim (Kor) 3.83
23 Ian Poulter (Eng) 3.75
24 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 3.62
25 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 3.46
26 Keegan Bradley (USA) 3.45
27 Jim Furyk (USA) 3.44
28 Simon Dyson (Eng) 3.39
29 Anders Hansen (Den) 3.32
30 Thomas Bjorn (Den) 3.31
31 Jason Dufner (USA) 3.27
32 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 3.27
33 Zach Johnson (USA) 3.26
34 Martin Laird (Sco) 3.24
35 Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 3.21
36 Rickie Fowler (USA) 3.20
37 Bo Van Pelt (USA) 3.20
38 Darren Clarke (NIrl) 3.18
39 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 3.17
40 Retief Goosen (Rsa) 3.13
41 Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 3.12
42 Gary Woodland (USA) 3.09
43 Y.E. Yang (Kor) 3.06
44 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 3.03
45 Ernie Els (Rsa) 3.00
46 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 2.86
47 Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 2.86
48 Ryan Moore (USA) 2.85
49 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 2.83
50 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 2.80
51 Tiger Woods (USA) 2.74
52 Jonathan Byrd (USA) 2.69
53 Peter Hanson (Swe) 2.69
54 Vijay Singh (Fij) 2.51
55 Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 2.51
56 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 2.49
57 Sang-moon Bae (Kor) 2.48
58 Mark Wilson (USA) 2.47
59 Robert Allenby (Aus) 2.46
60 John Senden (Aus) 2.45
61 Tim Clark (Rsa) 2.44
62 Kevin Na (USA) 2.43
63 Lucas Glover (USA) 2.41
64 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 2.39
65 Ryan Palmer (USA) 2.38
66 Charley Hoffman (USA) 2.20
67 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) 2.19
68 Charles Howell III (USA) 2.18
69 Sean O’Hair (USA) 2.17
70 Chez Reavie (USA) 2.15
71 Ben Crane (USA) 2.13
72 Scott Verplank (USA) 2.12
73 Alexander Noren (Swe) 2.12
74 Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 2.11
75 Camilo Villegas (Col) 2.10
76 Richard Green (Aus) 2.10
77 Tetsuji Hiratsuka (Jpn) 2.08
78 Padraig Harrington (Irl) 2.05
79 Ross Fisher (Eng) 2.04
80 J.B. Holmes (USA) 1.98
81 Chris Kirk (USA) 1.96
82 Anthony Kim (USA) 1.96
83 Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) 1.95
84 Steve Marino (USA) 1.95
85 Jeff Overton (USA) 1.93
86 Tommy Gainey (USA) 1.92
87 Spencer Levin (USA) 1.89
88 Brian Davis (Eng) 1.88
89 Jamie Donaldson (Wal) 1.87
90 Robert Garrigus (USA) 1.86
91 Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 1.84
92 Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 1.83
93 Brendan Jones (Aus) 1.80
94 Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 1.78
95 Carl Pettersson (Swe) 1.75
96 Joost Luiten (Ned) 1.73
97 Davis Love III (USA) 1.69
98 David Lynn (Eng) 1.67
99 D.A. Points (USA) 1.67
100 Michael Hoey (NIrl) 1.67

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