For the first time in more than five years, Tiger Woods became reacquainted with life away from the number one spot in the official world rankings.
The 14-times major champion was deposed by Britain's Lee Westwood when the world rankings were released yesterday, but Woods can return to the top should he win this week's WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai. For the moment, though, the 34-year-old American is well aware that a mediocre 2010 season without a victory would eventually result in one outcome.
"As far as the ranking is concerned, yeah I'm not ranked number one," Woods said yesterday. "In order to do that, you have to win tournaments and I didn't win this year." Speaking after he had played an exhibition match with Japan's Ryo Ishikawa at Yokohama Country Club, Woods said he was adjusting to not being the top-ranked player.
"As far as emotions go, it is what it is," he added. "You have to win to become number one in the world and you have to win a lot to maintain it."
Woods had been the game's leading player for the previous 281 weeks, and a total of 623 in his career, before he was finally toppled by Englishman Westwood.
Woods was at home nursing a lingering calf injury after competing only three times since he finished second at the British Open in July.