St. Andrews (Scotland), July 16: US golfer Tiger Woods has slumped to his worst ever world ranking as he heads into the 144th British Open Championship at the Old Course at St. Andrews today.
Woods, record holder of being the number 1 player for a total of 683 weeks, has slumped to 241st rank now. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is the current world number 1.
In March this year, he tumbled out of the top-100 for the first time since 1996. And from then on it is getting worst. His reign as world number 1 had ended in May 2014. From August 1999 to September 2004 he was number 1, a record, and again from June 2005 to October 2010 to break his previous record.
In the latest world rankings updated on July 12, Woods is at 241st. The 14-time major winner was world number 32 at the start of the year but now is out of 200.
Woods, however, is not contemplating retirement despite having not won titles since 2013. "Retirement? I don't have any AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) card yet, so I'm a ways from that," the 39-year-old Woods was quoted as saying ahead of the British Open.
" ... I'm still young. I'm not 40 yet. I know some of you guys think I'm buried and done, but I'm still right here in front of you," he added.