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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1 comment:

Tom Collins said...

I would hate to perpetuate something like this, especially if it proves to be a rumor, but if Tiger did in fact regularly take steroids, I don't think we're really going to see him again.

That being said, if that isn't true, I have a feeling that Tiger will dominate when he comes back, simply to battle all of his demons and try to prove naysayers wrong.

So I think the future of Tiger's career is polarized, pending the steroid issue. It would really be a shame not to see him continue and threaten Jack's record. It's a feat the whole world would want to see.