|Tiger Woods hits off the ninth tee during first round play during the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., May 12, 2011. (HANS DERYK/Reuters)
Tiger Woods' dominance of the golf world will officially come to an end next week.
The struggling star will drop out of the top 10 on the world golf rankings Monday, the first time since 1997 his name hasn't been among the game's elite.
Woods, who isn't playing in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial this weekend, will be no higher than 11th when the new rankings are unveiled. He is currently eighth and has dropped six spots in 2011.
Lee Westwood of England knocked Woods out of top spot in the rankings late last year, ending his five-year reign as the world's top player. German Martin Kaymer spent some time at No. 1 since then but Westwood is again atop the rankings, followed by Luke Donald of England, Kaymer, Phil Mickelson of the U.S. and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland.
With a banged-up left knee and an injured Achilles tendon, Woods isn't expected to play before the U.S. Open in mid-June so he could plummet even further in the world rankings. The 14-time major champion hasn't won a PGA Tour event since rolling to the title at the BMW Championship in September, 2009.