Woods poised to rise in OWGR – if he finishes Hero

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Tiger Woods will make a considerable leap in the Official World Golf Ranking just by completing all 72 holes at this week’s Hero World Challenge.

Woods, who hasn’t played in nearly 16 months, will return to competition as the 898th-ranked golfer in the world. 

With six of the top 10 players in the field, the World Challenge will offer about 46 points world-ranking points.

Even if he finishes last in the 18-man field, Woods is expected to climb at least 150 spots in the rankings, to about No. 745, according to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robison.

A 10th-place finish would place him around No. 575, while he’d jump inside the top 500 with a top-5 showing (about No. 450) or runner-up (about No. 225). He could rise as high as No. 123 in the world with a victory in the Bahamas.

If Woods withdraws from the event, he’ll receive zero points and drop outside the top 900.