Tiger Woods pokes fun at his own embarrassing world ranking

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Tiger Woods knows he's gone through a rough patch as of late.

The guy who spent a record 683 weeks at No. 1 has seen his ranking plummet after injuries have kept him away from golf competition since the Wyndham Championship in 2015.

But as he is getting set to get back into the fray at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, which starts Thursday, Woods is keeping his expectations in check — and his sense of humor at play.

Like when he told Bubba Watson and the Golf Channel that his biggest goal in 2017 was to “get into the top 1,000 of the world rankings:”

“I think if I could sneak my way into the top 1,000, I think it would be a heck of a goal,” Woods said, laughing.

Considering that Woods is going into the Hero World Challenge ranked 898th — and should see an uptick just for finishing the event — looks like Tiger's 2017 is off to a great start.