Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world’s top 100 golfers for the first time since 1996.
The 14-time major winner, who has spent a record 683 weeks as world number one during his career, has fallen to 104 in the latest official rankings.
The 39-year-old American has not played since
on 6 February.
Woods has said he is
for the first major of the year, the Masters, starting on 9 April.
After withdrawing from February’s event at Torrey Pines with back problems, Woods announced he would be taking an
describing his performances this year as “unacceptable for tournament play”.
Woods, who carded an 82 at the Phoenix Open in January –
as a professional – added that he won’t return until he can “compete at the highest level”.
The last time Woods was outside the top 100 in the world was in September 1996 when he was ranked 225.
The following week, he won the Las Vegas Invitational as a 20-year-old for the first of his 79 PGA Tour victories.