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Tiger Woods: Why Woods keeps dropping in world golf rankings

Tiger Woods has fallen to No. 8 in the world golf rankings, as of Monday. But Tiger Woods makes his return to the PGA Tour this week at the Players Championship in Florida.

Left to right, Keith Urban, Tiger Woods, and John Mayer are seen prior to the 2011 Tiger Jam at Mandalay Bay Events Center at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 30.

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After being off since the Masters last month to help various leg injuries heal, Tiger Woods finds himself further down the list of the world's top golfers.

Tiger is now eighth in the world, just behind Englishman Paul Casey. Phil Mickelson is fourth on the list, which also includes fellow Americans Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar in the top 10.

Who's No. 1?

Englishman Lee Westwood won the Ballantine's Championship this past week, to keep the top spot ahead of Martin Kaymer, who had 8 weeks in the No. 1 slot. Westwood has now held the top position for three consecutive weeks. Tiger Woods once held the No. 1 spot for 623 weeks.

Tiger's drop is a combination of poor performance, injuries, and a decline in participation on the pro tour.

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