Daniel Berger Sets Up a Major Upset for Struggling Tiger Woods Despite a Tragic Two-Year Break

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Time for the PGA Tour to make a run at it. After participating in the Hero World Challenge last month, Tiger Woods got things started. Gary Woodland soon after underwent a cranial surgery. Daniel Berger is now in order. Despite spending a staggering 18 months away from the greens, the 30-year-old leads the Big Cat by nearly 200 spots in OWGR.

Similar to Woods, Berger had to leave the greens due to excruciating back pain. Similar to the 15-time Major winner, Berger’s world ranking was significantly impacted by the lengthy break. But even while there seem to be similarities between them and Woods gets ahead of the young player on the greens, he finds himself trailing behind.

Berger’s most recent attempt at the 2022 U.S. Open ended in a cut. The 30-year-old registered for the U.S. Open qualifying in the previous year. But his back issue forced him to withdraw. In the OWGR standings, the 30-year-old is now ranked 634th.

That is still 249 spots higher than Tiger Woods, who is placed 883. Notably, the former World No. 1 placed 18th at the Hero World Challenge, which resulted in a massive 430-place jump inside the top 1000.

Since Berger’s previous game, Woods, who has been hurt himself, has participated in five official events; he withdrew from two of them and missed cuts in one. The finest showing for the 15-time Major winner occurred in the 2023 Genesis Invitational, where he placed 45th overall.

Daniel Berger, on the other side, was rated 25 after an injury derailed his hopes of rising higher in the world rankings. In fact, in the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions (now named the Sentry), the fourth-time PGA Tour player broke into the top 20. This year, the native of Florida plans to repeat his attempt for the World Ranking in the American Express.

The 2020 Ryder Cup winner said that daily tasks had become difficult due to a little bulge in his lower disc in an interview with the Associated Press in May of last year. Even something as basic as sitting in his car used to hurt him.

American International thereafter enrolled in a Stuart McGill-designed rehabilitation program. However, because he won the competition and is exempt through 2024, Daniel Berger will not be participating in the medical exemption. According to his most recent tweet, Tiger Woods will probably participate in the Genesis Invitational next month.

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