Wednesday, December 16
Tiger Woods Is Athlete of the Decade
IN THE NEVER-ENDING Tiger Woods news cycle, there’s finally a bright spot for the world No. 1 golfer. On Wednesday Tiger was selected as Athlete of the Decade by the Associated Press.
As AP golf writer Doug Ferguson noted, “It wasn’t much of a contest.” Woods received 56 of the 142 votes from editors of U.S. newspapers. More than half the votes for Tiger were cast after his November 27 car accident that triggered the media tsunami about his personal failures. Cyclist and six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong finished second with 33 votes. Tennis great Roger Federer was third with 25 votes.
Tiger was the right choice. He won 56 PGA Tour events during the decade, nearly one in three he entered. Twelve of those victories were major championships. And Tiger held the top spot in the world golf rankings for all but 32 weeks of the decade. No golfer has ever been as dominant during a similar stretch of time.
The question now on the minds of golf fans and people throughout the sports world: Where does his career go from here?
−The Armchair Golfer
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