Tiger Woods May Not Qualify for His Own Golf Tournament
You probably already realized that Tiger Woods has been less than impressive over the past year. The once invincible golfer lost the No. 1 ranking in the world — an honor he held for 281 straight weeks — to Lee Westwood last October. In May, he fell out of the top 10 for the first time since 1997. Presently he’s ranked 38th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
As CBS Sports points out, the low ranking puts him in jeopardy of not qualifying for his own tournament.
Tiger hosts the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Ca. in December. The tournament has 18 spots: the current major winners, the top 11 available players from the World Golf Rankings, the defending champ, and two exemption players selected by the Tiger Woods Foundation. The rub is that players must be ranked in the top 50 as of September 20th to qualify for an exemption.
If Tiger falls 13 spots in the next three weeks, the Chevron World Challenge is going to have an embarrassing situation on their hands. I’m sure this will all be worked out — Tiger is not going to miss his own tournament if he’s healthy — but it’s somewhat ironic that he may not be able to qualify for his exclusive event.