Woods falls further down the rankings

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Tiger Woods has dropped out of the top 20 in the world rankings for the first time since 1997.

Tiger Woods has dropped out of the top 20 in the world rankings for the first time since 1997.

The embattled former world number one, who held that position for more than 11 years, still has not tasted victory since revelations about his personal life became public knowedge at the end of 2009.

Woods has also been out of action since May’s Players Championship, where he aggravated injuries to his knee and achilles in the first round, forcing him to pull out after only nine holes.

Though not yet confirmed, Woods is expected to announce that he will be returning for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron at the start of August, though it will be without caddie Steve Williams.

In a message posted to his website last Wednesday, Woods said of his relationship with Williams that it was “time for a change” – though he has not mentioned a replacement.

Williams, who partnered Woods in 11 of his 12 major wins, was shocked by the decision.

“You could say I’ve wasted the last two years of my life. I’ve stuck with Tiger and been incredibly loyal,” he said.

“I’m not disappointed I’ve been fired – that’s part of the job – but the timing is extraordinary.”

Woods’ place in the top 20 has now been taken by South African Retief Goosen with his compatriot, Ernie Els, another former World No 1 and long-time top tenner, now languishing at No 25 as he struggles to get his ice cold putter to fire.

Elsewhere in the rankings, Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, now South Africa’s No 1, has moved onto his lowest-ever rung on the World Ranking ladder at No 9 while Sergio Garcia has booked a spot in the Bridgestone Invational field after keeping his place in the top 50 thanks to top-10 finishes in the US Open and Open Championships and to his play-off loss at the BMW International.

Garcia lies in 48th position, just enough to sneak into the Akron field.

Here are the latest leading positions in the world golf rankings:

Top 10
1 Luke Donald (Eng) 9.60
2 Lee Westwood (Eng) 8.33,3 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 7.26
4 Rory McIlroy (NIrl) 7.06
5 Steve Stricker (USA) 6.94
6 Phil Mickelson (USA) 6.27
7 Dustin Johnson (USA) 5.75
8 Jason Day (Aus) 5.44
9 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 5.32
10 Matt Kuchar (USA) 5.28

Top 20
11 Nick Watney (USA) 5.24
12 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 5.20
13 Bubba Watson (USA) 4.77
14 K J Choi (Kor) 4.71
15 Paul Casey (Eng) 4.52
16 Ian Poulter (Eng) 4.45
17 Adam Scott (Aus) 4.05
18 Hunter Mahan (USA) 3.75
19 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 3.75
20 Retief Goosen (Rsa) 3.67

Top 30
21 Tiger Woods (USA) 3.64
22 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 3.63
23 Kyung-Tae Kim (Kor) 3.62
24 Jim Furyk (USA) 3.58
25 Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 3.57
26 Ernie Els (Rsa) 3.57
27 David Toms (USA) 3.53
28 Martin Laird (Sco) 3.51
29 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 3.45
30 Darren Clarke (NIrl) 3.36

Top 40
31 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 3.36
32 Zach Johnson (USA) 3.27
33 Justin Rose (Eng) 3.24
34 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 3.12
35 Bo Van Pelt (USA) 3.11
36 Y.E. Yang (Kor) 3.07
37 Tim Clark (Rsa) 3.03
38 Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 2.99
39 Ryan Moore (USA) 2.97
40 Gary Woodland (USA) 2.95

Top 50
41 Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 2.94
42 Peter Hanson (Swe) 2.93
43 Anders Hansen (Den) 2.90
44 Robert Allenby (Aus) 2.86
45 Rickie Fowler (USA) 2.83
46 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 2.81
47 Bill Haas (USA) 2.75
48 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 2.74
49 Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 2.69
50 Jonathan Byrd (USA) 2.64

Top 60
51 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 2.63
52 Ryan Palmer (USA) 2.61
53 Webb Simpson (USA) 2.59
54 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 2.54
55 Lucas Glover (USA) 2.45
56 Ben Crane (USA) 2.44
57 Mark Wilson (USA) 2.39
58 Jeff Overton (USA) 2.34
59 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 2.34
60 Anthony Kim (USA) 2.33

Top 70
61 Sean O’Hair (USA) 2.33
62 Thomas Bjorn (Den) 2.33
63 Ross Fisher (Eng) 2.32
64 Padraig Harrington (Irl) 2.28
65 J.B. Holmes (USA) 2.26
66 Charley Hoffman (USA) 2.21
67 Simon Dyson (Eng) 2.20
68 Vijay Singh (Fij) 2.18
69 Steve Marino (USA) 2.17
70 Alexander Noren (Swe) 2.14

Top 80
71 Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 2.08
72 Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) 2.07
73 Brendan Jones (Aus) 2.07
74 Jason Dufner (USA) 2.03
75 Kevin Na (USA) 2.03
76 Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 2.03
77 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) 2.02
78 Chris Kirk (USA) 2.02
79 Robert Garrigus (USA) 2.02
80 Camilo Villegas (Col) 1.93< Top 90
81 Spencer Levin (USA) 1.89
82 Richard Green (Aus) 1.87
83 Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 1.83
84 Stewart Cink (USA) 1.83
85 Angel Cabrera (Arg) 1.82
86 Scott Verplank (USA) 1.81
87 Charles Howell III (USA) 1.81
88 Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 1.81
89 Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 1.76
90 David Horsey (Eng) 1.74

Top 100
91 Tommy Gainey (USA) 1.73
92 Davis Love III (USA) 1.73
93 Ricky Barnes (USA) 1.72
94 Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 1.71
95 John Senden (Aus) 1.70
96 Johan Edfors (Swe) 1.68
97 Tetsuji Hiratsuka (Jpn) 1.68
98 Brian Davis (Eng) 1.67
99 Jamie Donaldson (Wal) 1.67
100 Seung-yul Noh (Kor) 1.65

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