Tumbling Tiger set to drop out of world's top 50

Tiger Woods will plummet to depths he has not reached in 15 years as he is projected to drop two spots to...

Tiger Woods looks on from the fifth hole during the first round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2011. Picture: AFP

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Tiger Woods will plummet to depths he has

not reached in 15 years as he is projected to drop two spots to 51st in the

world rankings to be issued on Monday.

The former world number one has not triumphed

anywhere since the 2009 Australian Masters and has been steadily losing ranking

points because of his struggles on and off the course.

In Monday's rankings, Woods is expected to be

sandwiched by South African Louis Oosthuizen (in 50th) and fellow American

Jonathan Byrd (52nd), the first time he has been out of the top 50 since he was

61st on October 13, 1996.

Ever since his private life unravelled in

sensational fashion at the end of 2009 and he tried to repair his crumbling

marriage, Woods has been a shadow of the dominant player he once was.

It has been just over three years since Woods

clinched the last of his 14 major titles and he has not competed on the PGA

Tour since missing the cut at the PGA Championship in August.

However, Woods will return to the U.S.

circuit for next week's Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California, his first ever appearance in the PGA Tour's

Fall Series.