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Fifteen-time major champion Tiger Woods has reached a new low point in his storied career this week.
That is because the 47-year-old is now at his lowest ever world ranking.
Woods, who was last in competitive action at the Masters, now sits at number 1,307 in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).
The American has bypassed his previous low mark, as he reached number 1,294 in the rankings in February.
With a return to action looming, Woods could set that record straight and climb back up the rankings before the end of the year.
The 82-time PGA Tour winner issued a rare update on his fitness last week, providing a statement to the Associated Press.
He said: “My ankle is fine.
“Where they fused my ankle, I have absolutely zero issue whatsoever. That pain is completely gone. It’s the other areas that have been compensated for.
“But all the surrounding areas are where I had all my problems and still do. You fix one, others have to become more hypermobile to get around it, and it can lead to some issues.”
Despite offering no clues over his scheduled return, Woods has been described by former major winner Stewart Cink as being in ‘go-mode’.
Woods caddied for son Charlie at the recent Notah Begay III Invitational, although revealed he was ‘pretty sore’ after caddying for four days.
Conveniently, he has left one spot open in his 18-player field at the Hero World Challenge at the end of November.
However, it seems more likely Woods could return at the PNC Championship with his son from December 14-17.
Past Ryder Cup teammate Cink could not point out a particular event, as intrigued fans have been left waiting in the dark.
Cink told Golf Channel: “I don’t know what he’s practicing for.”
An appearance in January is certain, however, as Woods will tee it up alongside the likes of Rory McIlroy at the pair’s indoor league, TGL.
Woods has been announced as the owner and first of four players for the sixth and final TGL side, Jupiter Links Golf Club.
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