WOOD’S’ WORLD RANKING JUMPS 430 SPOTS IN HIS FIRST RETURN IN SEVEN MONTHS

Tiger Woods (USA) made a relatively successful return to the field after a seven-month absence, and his world ranking has jumped. Woods climbed to No. 898 in the men’s golf weekly rankings released on Thursday. While it’s a far cry from the heyday of his dominance, when he held the No. 1 ranking for the longest period of time, it’s still a whopping 430 spots up from last week’s ranking of No. 1,328. Woods’ world ranking, which was 997 after he withdrew from the Masters in April, has continued to slide as he hasn’t competed in a tournament, pushing him out of the top 1,000.Woods finished 18th in the Hero World Challenge, which featured only 20 players, mostly the world’s top-ranked players, but earned 2.4 ranking points.

Joaquin Niemann (Chile), who was ranked as high as No. 15 last year but dropped to No. 82 after moving to LIV Golf, rose to No. 59 after winning the DP World Tour Australian Open over the past three days. Niman qualified for all of this year’s majors as a top-50 player, but will need to break back into the top 50 to qualify for a major next year. Like Neiman, Dean Vermeester (South Africa), who dropped as low as 106th after switching to LIV Golf, climbed to 77th thanks to his victory at the DP World Tour South African Open, which concluded three days ago. Scottie Schaeffler (USA), winner of the Hero World Challenge, further consolidated his lead atop the world rankings, while the rest of the top 10 remained unchanged, including Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), 카지노사이트킹 Yon Ram (Spain) and Viktor Hovland (Norway).

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