Tiger continues slide

Fallen golf superstar Tiger Woods slid three places to 36th in the updated world rankings.

The 14-time major winner was overtaken by Open champion Darren Clarke, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jiminez and Webb Simpson.

Woods states he is feeling healthy and is assessing his choices for a new caddie and more tournaments.

“I’m just kind of relaxing and winding down now,” Woods said. “It was nice to finally play in some tournaments and test out my left leg. Although I didn’t play as well as I wanted to, I hit more solid shots than people might think and more importantly, I had no problems with my knee and Achilles tendon. Right now I’m healthy.

“I haven’t decided on a new caddie yet, but am definitely thinking about it a lot. There’s a few guys I’m looking at, but it all depends on timing. At this point, I’m in no hurry to make a decision.

“Hopefully I’ll get picked for the Presidents Cup team. I’ve had some conversations with US captain Fred Couples and we’ll see how it goes. Of course I want to be on the team. It’s always fun to play for your country. I might add another PGA Tour event to my schedule. Right now, I’m looking at my options.”

Woods looked set to fall further down the rankings after failing to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, which he has won two of the last four years. He was scheduled to next tee it up at the Australian Open in November.

England’s Luke Donald continued to hold the number one ranking spot — which Woods made his own for more than a decade — ahead of countryman Lee Westwood and American Steve Stricker. Europeans Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy ranked fourth and fifth, ahead of the sixth-placed Phil Mickelson.

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