Tiger Woods’ injury could significantly grease his slide down the world rankings.
Rory McIlroy will pass Woods in this week’s world rankings even though both players are idle.
McIlroy could move up a spot to No. 6 in the next week's rankings with Woods slipping a spot to No. 7, depending on what players behind them do. But no matter where they end up, McIlroy is assured of moving in front of Woods with the new point averages.
With Woods to miss the Wells Fargo Championship with knee and Achilles’ injuries next week, he’ll be vulnerable to be passed again. If he misses The Players Championship, he’s missing back-to-back weeks with a load of world-ranking points available.