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Tiger Woods unaware of the fact that he is 278th in the latest world rankings

Phil Casey

Published 11/08/2015 | 19:51

Tiger Woods talks in the media room after a practice round for the PGA Championship
Tiger Woods talks in the media room after a practice round for the PGA Championship

When it comes to numbers, Tiger Woods is usually defined by the likes of the 14 majors he has won and the 683 weeks he has spent as world number one during his career.

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But ahead of this week's US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, the key figures are 278 and 186, which represent his position in the world rankings and FedEx Cup standings respectively.

"I don't know my exact ranking right now. I know I'm in the 200s somewhere," Woods said on Tuesday. "But as far as paying attention to it, no. I'm just trying to get better.

"I'm just trying to get up there where I can win tournaments, get my game organised so I can be consistent on a tournament basis where I'm going to give myself a chance to win each and every event I play in. That's what I have done over most of my career. And I'd like to get to that point again where I could do that."

Woods has endured a miserable season as he struggles to fine-tune a new swing following back surgery in March 2014 which forced him to miss the Masters for the first time in his career.

The 39-year-old recorded three scores in the 80s in the space of six events - including a career-worst 85 in the Memorial Tournament - and missed the cut in consecutive majors for the first time ever at Chambers Bay and St Andrews.

At 186th in the FedEx Cup standings, Woods needs to finish second or better at Whistling Straits to jump into the top 125 and be eligible for the first play-off event in a fortnight's time, having currently not entered next week's final qualifying event.

"I'm not looking at it like that at all, actually. I'm just trying to get my game better for years to come," Woods added. "If you would have asked me right after I had my back surgery last year, what does your career look like, I didn't really have much of an answer. I was hoping to get back out here.

"But now I'm back out here at a level I can practice and play again. But also I have a totally different new swing. It was like the perfect storm of a surgery, rehabbing and then trying to learn a whole new pattern; it couldn't have been more complicated.

"But I'm here now in this position and as far as my tournament future, if I play well, I play well and I'll play in more events. If I don't, then I have more time to practice and get ready for the next season and obviously some of the things I do on a global level."

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