Now that Tiger Woods has pulled the plug on playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, attention turns to when he will play again. If his next tournament is the Masters, it will be the first time in his professional career that he has played a major championship ranked outside the top 100.
Woods, who has not played since withdrawing from the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Feb. 5, is projected to be ranked 105th when the Masters begins on April 9. He has not been outside the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking since Oct. 6, 1996 – the date of his first PGA Tour victory.
Woods is far more familiar with the top spot in the rankings, let alone the top 100. He holds records for the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 (281, from June 12, 2005 to October 30, 2010), as well as the most total weeks in the position, 683.
By missing the API, Woods costs the tournament its most dominant performer. He has won it eight times, which is six more than anyone else and tied for the most wins at a single event or venue (Woods at the API and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Sam Snead at the Wyndham Championship). Woods also has eight wins at Torrey Pines - seven in the regular Tour stop there plus the 2008 U.S. Open.
Woods has either missed the cut or withdrawn from five of his last six official PGA Tour starts.
Information provided by Golf Channel Senior Researcher Justin Ray.