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Tiger Woods plummets outside world's top 20

ESPN staff
July 25, 2011
The legend of Tiger Woods is fading with every day that passes © PA Photos

The fall of Tiger Woods ploughed new depths on Monday when the American dropped out of the world's top 20 for the first time since 1997.

Woods, who has not tasted victory since November 2009, has been out of action with knee and Achilles tendon injuries aggravated on May 12. News of his fall from the game's top 20 players is another indicator of his drop from grace since details of his troubled personal life emerged over a year ago.

The former world No. 1 has attempted to rediscover the form that yielded 14 major titles, first by stripping down his swing and then - more recently - by axing long-time caddie Steve Williams. A replacement has yet to be named.

Woods is expected to return to the golf course at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational next week, the stage where he shot the worst four rounds of his career last year. The American finished on 18-under, taking 78th place in a field of 80.

There is better news for one of golf's most likeable characters, with Sergio Garcia springing back into the top 50. Garcia will compete at the Greenbrier Classic this week as the new No. 48.

Elsewhere Alex Noren, who ran away with the Scandinavian Masters, moves from 92 to 70. Retief Goosen is the man to replace Woods in the top 20.

World Rankings
1. Luke Donald (ENG), 2. Lee Westwood (ENG) 3. Martin Kaymer (GER), 4. Rory McIlroy (NIR), 5. Steve Stricker (USA), 6. Phil Mickelson (USA), 7. Dustin Johnson (USA), 8. Jason Day (AUS), 9. Matt Kuchar (USA), 10. Nick Watney (USA), 11. Charl Schwartzel (RSA), 12. Graeme McDowell (NIR), 13. Bubba Watson (USA), 14. KJ Choi (KOR), 15. Paul Casey (ENG), 16. Ian Poulter (ENG), 17. Adam Scott (AUS), 18. Hunter Mahan (USA), 19. Robert Karlsson (SWE), 20. Retief Goosen (SA)

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