Here at Track Tiger, not only will we be chronicling Tiger Woods’ career from here to its end, we’ll also be looking back at the remarkable days from Woods’ past. We usher in This Day in Tiger Woods History with a sad occasion but one that’s also a bookend to a great run.
On this day in 2004, Tiger Woods’ 264-week run atop the Official World Golf Ranking came to a close.
Vijay Singh won the Deutsche Bank Championship on Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2004, to take the top ranking from Woods at TPC Boston.
With the No. 1 ranking on the line to start the week, Woods opened with 6-under 65 to take a 3-shot advantage over the Fijian. Singh answered a day later with a remarkable 63 and a 2-shot edge heading into the final 36.
Over the weekend Woods and Singh were separated by just one stroke — Singh’s third-round 68 beating Woods by a shot — and the duo each closed with 2-under 69 to give Singh the win and the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Singh would hold onto the top spot for 26 weeks before Tiger would become No. 1 again on March 6, 2005. The two would swap the top ranking three more times over the next 14 weeks before Woods became No. 1 on June 12, 2005, beginning an even more impressive stretch of 281 consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the world.