Tiger Woods jumps nearly 250 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking

Tiger Woods jumps nearly 250 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking

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Tiger Woods jumps nearly 250 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking

Some important news: Tiger Woods has made a huge jump in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The 40-year-old returned to competitive action for the first time in 16 months at the Hero World Challenge, putting in a positive performance with many promising signs.

Still, Woods finished 15th in a 18-man (well, 17, after Justin Rose withdrew) unofficial event in the end. Yet, Woods, who started the week at No. 898 in the OWGR, is now … No. 650!

Shows you what happens when you actually play golf. Woods is aware, too, just how quickly he can continue to move up.

“The good thing is is that because I have been away for so long, that everything I do here, I just keep accruing points,” Woods said. “Nothing’s falling off. So if I play halfway decent, I’ll keep climbing quickly, and if I happen to have a couple wins in there, I’ll jump really fast.”

Woods’ one-week rise of 248 spots is actually not the largest of his career. When he was an amateur in 1995, Woods moved from No. 875 to No. 612 (a jump of 263 spots) after finishing T-41 for low amateur honors at the Masters.

Regardless, (BIG) baby steps.

Woods returns to the top 650 in the world for the first since July (he ranked No. 647 on July 31). The next milestone? Maybe top 500, where Woods hasn’t been since late April (when he was ranked No. 499).

To go even further, Woods was last ranked in the top 100 in March 2015, the top 50 in January 2015, the top 10 in August 2014 and No. 1 in May 2014.

Woods has said he hopes to be healthy enough to play a full schedule in 2017. And he has an even higher goal in mind, as he looks to be a playing assistant captain for Steve Stricker’s U.S. Presidents Cup squad in September.

Woods still has a long way to go to reach that goal, but this week was a nice start.

– Jeff Babineau contributed to this report.

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