The AP reports that they have chosen Tiger Woods as athlete of the decade:
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.
Tiger dominated golf this decade so it’s hard to argue with their reasoning.
However, someone should tell the AP that the decade doesn’t end until 2010. Also, I think that the physical prowess needed to win the gruesome Tour de France 6 times in a row should have deserved a few more votes. One could also make the case for Roger Fedderer who won more Grand Slam tennis tournaments than anyone.
Tom Brady garnered 6 votes? Is he the best athlete in the NFL? I don’t see it.