Skip to comments.Despite Explosive Scandal, Tiger Woods Voted Athlete of the Decade (Be like Tiger)
Posted on 12/16/2009 12:42:33 PM PST by carbonfeet
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
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Perhaps sportsman of the decade but nobody in a sport that requires so little quickness, speed, muscle, stamina, leaping ability, agility, etc should be considered as the world’s best athlete over a ten year period. Golf makes baseball look physically demanding. Its on par with bowling from an athleticism standpoint.
what’s next, Bill Clinton becoming President again?
I suppose if you narrowed the pool of candidates down to clean-livin’, god-fearin’ athletes you’d probably come up with Timmy Goodwin, shortstop for the Ernie’s Garage Hurricanes Little League team in Omaha, Nebraska.
Is that golf or the new Olympic event: Bedroom Sports!
Good thing Elin didn’t bean him with that trophy.
With all due respect and noting the general athleticism which Woods brings to golf, golf is more of a game than anything I’d call an athletic sport. Half the people who play it couldn’t run fifty yards without keeling over dead. I mean, there just isn’t that much of a shortage of serious athletes in the land to choose an “athlete of the year” from...
Tiger-Athlete of the Decade
Bernake-Time Man of the Year
Obama-Nobel Peace Prize
File this under PUIB (Pure Unadulterated Irish Bulls*it)
Golf isn’t a running or jumping sport, but it is extremely difficult at the highest level. Look at how few players are able to win consistently and how many golfing “greats” only won a major or two.
I heard on the Sports staion that the Trophy case may have born the brunt of Elin’s swing. Crystal Claret Jugs don’t react well to Irons.
I say a trophy isn’t the only thing Tiger hoisted on every continent golf is played.
“Crystal Claret”, sounds like we have number 14 on Tiger’s hit parade.
.. here's a Tiger thread that you haven't been on yet to accuse him of being a juicer.
Just wanted to make sure you didn't miss an opportunity.
“hoisted a trophy on every continent golf is played”
I’m sure he had a girl in every port. Or he himself was in every port he could....
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It’s a game, not a sport. A hugely expensive 1 (in more ways than 1), covering tons of acreage, but a game nonetheless.
Like bowling (which I love), it has few physical demands. Yet no pro bowlers are ever put on these “athlete” rankings.
Only billiards/pool has less, and most people don’t think of that as any more than a game.
Try “superfecta”. ;-)
Nascar is difficult too and probably requires greater physical abilities than golf. Doesn’t make it a sport and doesn’t make its stars as impressive athletes as those in basketball, soccer, football, tennis, hockey, rugby, Aussie Rules Football, cricket, baseball, handball, netball, track, martial arts, rowing, skiing, or volleyball. From a physical standpoint golfing is about as tough as pool with some walking tossed in. It takes tremendous coordination but overall the “athletes” don’t come close to impressing me as much as those in sports that require a much broader physical skill set than extreme handeye coordination. Take tennis. It requires that type of hand-eye coordination plus tremendous stamina, quickness, lateral quickness, and agility so those players impress me a heck of a lot more than an elite golfer, bowler, or pool player.
Despite the scandal, I believe he deserves to be Sportsman of the Decade.
Yet 1 still sees beer guts.
Most great golfers were also very good at other sports
Read Snead—Nicklaus—Palmer—Hagan’s histories
Not sure their was a great choice. Perhaps Micheal Phelps. Not much in football, Peyton Manning. LeBron James? Usain Bolt would have been interesting, but his body of work doesn’t really qualify. Albert Pujols? Roger Federer? Hard to see someone who has been even close to dominate as Tiger.
Michael Phelps would be, but he also has major moral problems (figures a Baltimore guy can’t be straight).
I’d say there is plenty in football, and Manning is 1, but 1 could say he only managed 1 SB yet, so maybe not all “dominant” as 1 would wish.
Hagan or Hogan?
As it is, were they recognized as professionals in other sports, much less top players there? I doubt we’re talking Jim Thorpe or Babe Didrickson types (LOL - I know, golf).
Prize....ummm, ....Peace .....ummm, I dunno...
Well, at least Tiger is getting his award AFTER he actually accomplished something. Obama got his BEFORE.
Woods won because the media is trying to salvage him right now with all the bad press he's getting.
The guy who came in #2, Lance Armstrong would have been a better choice.
Hagan He could have had a pro ball career
Same with Snead but they preferred sports where they didn’t have to rely on other players
I highly doubt that anybody that can shoot scratch golf is not a good athlete
But do those demands compare to those of any other big money sport?
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