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The biggest losers in 2010

Karl MacGinty

Published 30/11/2010 | 05:00

1 Tiger Woods

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Never again will he prowl the fairways with the same authority after a disastrous 12 months in which he lost his marriage, countless millions in endorsements, his 'A' game and the right to reside at world No 1.

2 Sergio Garcia

Is there any end to the Spaniard's waking nightmare? Garcia tumbled 64 places down the world ladder to 75th this year -- at least Tiger had an excuse!

3 Vijay Singh

At 47, age, injury and infirmity finally caught up with the fantastic Fijian warhorse as he plummeted 61 places to world No 87.

4 Stewart Cink

Is fate conspiring against the likeable American for beating up on Old Man Watson in that Open play-off at Turnberry? He had just three top-10s in 22 tournaments this year.

Tied 5th - lucas Glover and Angel Cabrera

Both might have fallen off the face of the planet. Last year's US Open champion Glover is now 53rd in the world, one ahead of 2009 Masters winner Cabrera. Has some gypsy placed a curse on the 2009 Major winners? At least YE Yang is still in the top 50.

7 Padraig Harrington

Many other prominent players fell further, faster and harder than the Dubliner this year. Harrington has gone from fifth to 22nd in the world and needs to find consistency, confidence and get out of his own way on the golf course to stop the slide.

8 Henrik Stenson

A series of debilitating viruses have clobbered the gifted Swede in 2010. A share of third place at the British Open was the solitary bright spark for Stenson, who is barely clinging on to his place in the world elite after falling 42 places to No 50 this year.

9 Ben Curtis

Just one top-10 finish for the 2003 British Open champion, who crash-dived 112 places down the world rankings to No 162. At least he kept his PGA Tour card in 120th on the Money List and is exempt for the Open's return to Sandwich next summer.

10 Kenny Perry

One of the PGA Tour's elder statesmen, winning 11 times in his 40s this century, most recently at the 2009 FBR Open and Travellers Championship, Perry hit the wall this year, dropping from world No 10 in January to 67th now. After turning 50 in August, a lucrative career on the Champions Tour beckons.

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