It seems like Tiger Woods is not getting any break from the deluge of bad luck that continues to hit him after his extramarital scandal and ugly divorce with his wife. Woods has not played competitively since May due to injuries in the knee and achilles tendon, which caused him to slip down in the rankings from 8th to 21st.
Woods had previously held the top spot for more than 11 years, so a slide down the rankings with this magnitude is definitely something that the former number 1 athlete is not used to. This recent slide follows the termination of his long-time caddie Steve Williams, one of the few people who stayed with the embattled golfer through his scandal and divorce.
“You could say I’ve wasted the last two years of my life. I have stuck with Tiger and been incredibly loyal. I’m not disappointed I’ve been fired – that’s part of the job – but the timing is extraordinary.”
“I, along with a lot of people, lost a lot of respect for Tiger,” Williams added. “I pointed out before his return at the Masters at Augusta in 2010 that he had to earn back my respect.”
Despite his tumble out of the top 20 Woods is expected to announce his return to golf at the upcoming WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Event at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The top spots in the rankings remain unchanged, with Luke Donald claiming the top spot, followed by Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, respectively.