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Woods voted top athlete of the decade

Published: Wed, December 16, 2009 @ 10:37 a.m.


Even after a shocking sex scandal that tarnished Tiger Woods, it was tough to ignore what he achieved on the golf course.

He won 64 times around the world, including 12 majors, and hoisted a trophy on every continent golf is played. He lost only one time with the lead going into the final round. His 56 PGA Tour victories in one incomparable decade were more than anyone except four of golf's greatest players won in their careers.

Woods was selected Wednesday as the Athlete of the Decade by members of The Associated Press in a vote that was more about 10 years of performance than nearly three weeks of salacious headlines.

Just like so many of his victories, it wasn't much of a contest.

Woods received 56 of the 142 votes cast by AP member editors since last month. More than half of the ballots were returned after the Nov. 27 car accident outside his Florida home that set off sensational tales of infidelity.

Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor who won the Tour de France six times this decade, finished second with 33 votes. He was followed by Roger Federer, who won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other man, with 25 votes.

Record-setting Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps came in fourth with 13 votes, followed by New England quarterback Tom Brady (6) and sprinter Usain Bolt (4). Five other athletes received one vote apiece.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Just like the Energizer Bunny Tiger Woods keeps on going and going . . . ...


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2justmyopinion(4 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Well deserved Tiger! He is a master at his sport. His marital problems are not our concerns. He and his wife should be left alone to work out this problem that has surfaced.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

"He is a master at his sport."

Proving that Bill Clinton was just an ameatur .

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4justmyopinion(4 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Let me be very specific for those of you that read into statements....the sport of GOLF!

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

"Let me be very specific for those of you that read into statements....the sport of GOLF!"

Right !


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6redvert(2240 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

I just find all of this comical. Supposedly the prosecutors in Florida denied the FHP from getting the blood results from the hospital. Do you think the prosecutors would have done the same thing for Joe average citizen. Don't come up with some technicality crap.

I loved how the headlines almost hinted that the game of golf that has survived for a hundred plus years would never be the same. Would all the other golfers now go on welfare? As I said on another post, would all golf course be turned into cattle pastures or tomato fields?

No, it is a private issue but when the media sucks up to these clowns all year long it is only right that the public get the last laugh when the "untouchable" people screw up!!!

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago



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