Woods not eligible for WGC event

Former world number one Tiger Woods will not play in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this week due to his low ranking.

Woods, who has won at Firestone eight times, is not eligible after his ranking dropped to 262nd, after having dominated the sport for years.

In a chat with reporters, Australian world number four Jason Day said that it was strange not to have Woods competing in an event that he has won eight times.

“It’s tough. Unfortunately, right now, he’s going through a spell where he’s not playing that great,” said Day.

“It’s kind of weird to not see him playing the events that we’re usually used to seeing him playing. This is one of those events that he plays well and wins a lot here.

“Eight times, it’s just amazing to even think about. Some guys are just hoping for one WGC win, let alone eight times at one venue,” he added.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy will also miss the vent due to an ankle injury and could lose his number one ranking to Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth if the American wins the event.