Sometimes, it’s just showing up that matters most.
At least in the eyes of the Official World Golf Ranking, it seems.
Tiger Woods saw his ranking soar after finishing third-last at this past weekend’s invitational Hero World Challenge, jumping from a career-low 1,328th to 898th.
Woods, of course, has been plagued by injuries recently and hadn’t played competitively since withdrawing from the Masters earlier this year due to a foot injury.
The 15-time majors champion finished 18th out of 20 golfers in the Bahamas, besting only reigning U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark and Will Zalatoris — who was making his own return from a back injury that had sidelined him the past nine months.
The rankings were kind to Zalatoris as well: He remained at No. 33 in the world despite finishing last by nine shots in the no-cut event.
The Hero World Challenge is an unofficial event hosted by Woods every year. Scottie Scheffler won this year’s event, finishing three strokes ahead of Sepp Straka at minus-20. Scheffler remains ranked first in the world, ahead of Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm.
Woods’ massive jump in the rankings should ruffle some feathers with LIV Golf. The Saudi-backed tour had its application to earn OWGR points denied earlier this year, largely because its events are limited to 48 players competing in a three-day shotgun start format with no cut that also includes a team aspect.
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