As a 3-year-old prodigy, Tiger Woods shot a 48 in nine holes. In his latest attempt to recover that genius form, the 35-year-old Woods fared little better with a 6-over 42 in nine holes at the Players Championship on Thursday before withdrawing due to injury.
Woods’ career-worst slump has far outlived the four-month hiatus he took in 2009-10 to deal with the fallout from his rampant infidelity. Here is a numbers-based look at his recent futility on the golf course:
Months since Woods’ last major victory, in a playoff against Rocco Mediate at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines
Woods’ current ranking. He was No. 1 for 281 consecutive weeks until Nov. 1.
Surgeries on Woods’ left knee from 1994-2008, according to PGATour.com
Woods’ average driving yardage ranks 69th on the PGA Tour this season. It’s his lowest average distance off the tee since he turned pro in 1996.