Tiger Woods


Birthday events have not filled in as incredible benchmarks generally for Tiger Woods, particularly as he go into that "dusk'' territory of his profession where the days become shorter and the open doors all the more transitory.


Competitors in their 40s as of now confront slim chances of accomplishment, and Woods' situation has been made even more cumbersome because of four back medical procedures, the latest of which happened when he was 41 and right now confronting an indeterminate future.

In any case, after Woods commended his 43rd birthday on Dec. 30, and is set to start his 2019 season this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, prospects have not looked this brilliant in years. Woods is positioned thirteenth on the planet - he was thirteenth, as well, subsequent to winning the Tour Championship in September for his 80th vocation PGA Tour triumph.

With a solid execution or two right off the bat in the new year, it's not preposterous to believe that Woods could be back among the main 10 on the planet out of the blue since he dropped out over four years prior.

What's more, the opportunity to get to No. 1?

It's conceivable, if maybe not likely.

"In the event that he could make it back to No. 1 on the planet, that would be a fantastic achievement,'' said Hank Haney, Woods' mentor from 2004 to 2010 - a period that never observed Woods fall beneath third.


"I think [Jack] Nicklaus' record [of 18 majors] is a definitive, yet so far out there [Woods has 14]. In any case, I think No. 1 is there to be had. He has a generally simple way. He doesn't have every one of these focuses [that he can possibly lose] that all these folks have. So it's simpler to move in the rankings.''

Woods' ascent was quick in 2018 on the grounds that he began from so far back. He require just take a gander at Jason Day to perceive how extreme an undertaking it is to move to the best when you are so close.

The Australian who invested impressive energy at No. 1 out of 2015-16 began the year positioned thirteenth. He won twice - again than Woods - and completed at No. fourteenth. So Woods needs a year superior to 2018, which was considered fiercely effective.


Rivulets Koepka, who finished 2019 as the No. 1-positioned player on the planet after a season in which he won two noteworthy titles just as another PGA Tour occasion, has exchanged the best spot with Justin Rose multiple times as of late.

Woods holds records for the most back to back weeks (281) and all out weeks (683) at No. 1 yet has not been there since March 2014, after the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, his last competition before the first of four back medical procedures.

Starting there, it was a losing fight for Woods to get and remain sound, as he bit by bit tumbled down the rankings list. He was 32nd toward the finish of 2014; and in the wake of playing multiple times in 2015 and having two increasingly back medical procedures, he was 416th toward the year's end as he was turning 40.

The slide proceeded as Woods played no official occasions in 2016, had a three-competition rebound late in the year and into 2017, dropping the whole distance to 1,199th.

A tie for ninth last December at the Hero World Challenge supported Woods again into the best 1,000 and he was 656th when he started 2018, turning into the player currently positioned among the main 100 on the planet who made the greatest jump.

"The desires are entirely different this up and coming year,'' Woods said. "Presently I realize that I can do it, presently it's just about overseeing and ensuring I'm new for occasions since I realize I can win competitions once more.''

Would he be able to get to No. 1 once more?

Woods has normally kept up that the positioning deals with itself. Win enough, fight enough, complete sufficiently high, and arriving will occur.

Thus while it is positively feasible for Woods to again be on the rankings, it will take some work. Absolutely more accomplishment than he had in 2018, when he won once, twice completed second, including a noteworthy title, and posted a sum of seven best 10 wraps up.


He split the main 100 out of the blue after the Masters, and got to No. 50 when he tied for 6th at The Open. His tie for second at the PGA Championship got him to 26th and the success got him in the main 20.

As noteworthy and startling as all that might have been, Woods was additionally doing it with a virtual fresh start concerning the Official World Golf Ranking, which works on a two-year moving period, with most weight given to the latest 13 weeks.

That implies, in any case, that after some time a player sees his focuses diminished in additions. Since Woods had once in a while played over the past two years, he was generally simply including - not losing - focuses.

As 2019 unfurls, he will see the effect of that in his rankings. He can clearly procure a greater number of focuses than he loses by proceeding to play well, yet he is bound to drop spots if his play does not keep up.

"He doesn't need to return to where he was,'' Haney stated, alluding to the dimension that Woods played at when he was No. 1, most as of late in 2013. "He needs to return to the dimension that Phil Mickelson was at while Tiger was ruling. That dimension alone would put him directly there or close to No. 1, and I figure Tiger can do that.

"In the wake of watching him [in 2018], I figure he can do that.''

It is practically difficult to measure precisely what Woods needs to do to get back to finish everything. Clearly rattling off a five-triumph season - which incorporated the Players Championship and two World Golf Championship titles - as he did in 2013 could do it.

He likely needs some sort of blend of four triumphs in customary competitions or maybe a noteworthy or WGC win (where progressively world positioning focuses are offered) and a bunch of best 10s.

In the event that you need an increasingly specialized answer and are knowledgeable in the functions of the OWGR, here is one approach to see it, as per Ian Barker, chief of information administrations for the European Tour, which regulates the positioning framework.

Barker clarified that Woods will have at least 174 world positioning focuses as of April 14, 2018 - the Sunday of the Masters. He is at 219 at this point. What's more, his competition divisor will remain at least 40. (Players who play less than multiple times in a two-year term are given the base.)

"I gauge a normal focuses figure of 11.00 around then would be sufficient to be No. 1,'' Barker said. (Koepka is at 9.9155 normal focuses at this moment.) "To accomplish that normal on that date, Tiger's complete focuses would should be 440. So in the event that he wins 226 OWGR focuses among now and, he'll most likely have returned to No. 1.''

How might he do that? All things considered, by winning frequently. As Barker brings up, that presumably would require three major successes at competitions, for example, WGC-Mexico (likely 72 points to the victor), Arnold Palmer (60), the Players Championship (80), the WGC-Dell Match Play (74) and the Masters (100) would all offer those chances.

Here's another method to take a gander at it:

Following the 2011 season - when Woods had sunk as low as 58th - he completed at No. 23 following a triumph at the Hero World Challenge to end the year. In 2012, he played 22 overall occasions, with three triumphs, two missed cuts and a withdrawal and nine other best 10s.

That helped him get as high as No. 2 and he completed the year at No. 3. At that point he got to No. 1 again in 2013 in the wake of winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational - his third triumph of the year - and remained there through the WGC-Cadillac Invitational in 2014.

Woods' back issues prompted medical procedure, a rushed rebound and for the most part poor play for whatever is left of 2014 and 2015 - when he posted a solitary best 10, in his last occasion, and missed the cut in three majors.

When he tied for tenth at the 2015 Wyndham Championship, Woods was 257th on the planet and kept on continuing dropping until his latest rebound.

Put in context, it is exceptional he has come this far.


Would he be able to recover the whole distance? All things considered, Koepka, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas - to name four who all held the No. 1 spot in 2018 - just as any semblance of Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Day may all have a remark about it.

Right now a year ago, Spieth was second and has dropped to sixteenth, so it can go the other way. On the other hand, Bubba Watson started the year at 89th, won multiple times, and is currently at seventeenth - which is as yet four spots underneath Woods.

The primary concern is this: Woods can get to No. 1, however he's going to likely need something like three triumphs and a large number of high wraps up.

That may be a great deal to ask - and would clearly position him well for 2020 - yet simply returning to the main 20 and being a piece of the talk going into 2019 is noteworthy.

"I realize that I can win since I simply demonstrated it,'' Woods said. "It's simply a question of getting everything topping at the opportune time.''

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