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Tiger Woods named Athlete of the Decade by Associated Press

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Despite what will prove to be a tumultuous month-plus at the end of 2009, Tiger Woods was selected as the Athlete of the Decade by members of the Associated Press.

His dominance on the golf course -- including 56 PGA Tour victories and 12 majors -- was enough to lift him past a field that included Lance Armstrong, Roger Federer and Michael Phelps.

The voting wasn't even close, with Woods pulling in 56 of the 142 votes.

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Whaaaaat? I think he should be voted Asslete of the Dickade by the Assholiated Puss.

REGARDLESS OF WHAT IS TRANSPITING IN HIS PERSONAL LIFE, TIGER WOODS IS AN AMERICAN ICON...AND MY HERO.

GREG N
PHOENIX, AX

How does great athletic talent equate with hero? Look up the definition of hero.

This is good news, may be this announcement will cheer up Tiger woods and he continues to play well in 2010.

tiger woods will always be a American icon

Athlete of the decade. Who cares? Tiger can hit a ball into a hole really well. Whoopee. I have many friends who have next to nothing in their pockets but they routinely take care of the widows and the fatherless without any expectation of financial gain or glory. They along with our soldiers would, to me, be more deserving of the "hero" label. After all, aren't heroes those who act without regard for their own welfare?

What in the hell is wrong with us in this country when someone who hits a ball into a hole is considered a hero? Man, are we upside down.


Thousands if not millions of people cheat on their spouses, it has nothing to do with there job. I think he deserves the title of athlete of the decade. No where in the announcement did it say anything about husband of the decade.

Athlete of the decade? No Brainer. Hero? Anything but. As the life that he built continues to fall apart around him as well as inside him, I feel for the man as a human being since it is obvious how little control he actually has over his public image. Unfortunately for his wife and children, what is coming to light is how very little self-control and concern for his wife and children he also seems to have had in his everyday behaviours. And while that may not take away from his accomplishments in golf (as in, I presume the "fathers of Augusta national" won't demand he give back his Green Jackets), it certainly destroys his ability to convince "his public" that he is deserving of the positive public role model and iconic status he did his best to cultivate over the past 10 years

Tiger, just remember that all things must pass. You have been a huge inspiration in my life and the lives of my children. You never accept 2nd best. The win in the US OPEN is the greatest thing I have ever seen in sports and I have been around a while. Brought tears to this old man's eyes. Just know that there are still many people out here that support you and will anxiously await your return to golf. Thank you for all the stunning moments you have given to us.

Despite his personal sins, he IS the greatest athlete of the decade. Hopefully, his best golf is still in front of him.

I'm sorry for all the women i have cheated with and the fact that i used HGH to win all those trophys. I will be returning all of them since they were one due to steroid use. I'm not worthy of this award and it should go to Phil Mickelson.

Tiger..

Does this qualify him as man of the decade as well?

American icon....of what...a dick?

Good, He has done nothing that 60% of man are doing in America....I'm happy we are getting back to his talent as a golfer and not his personal problems.

It could be hard for Tiger to continue being an ace golfer with all the turmoil going on in his private (now public) life. He's only human and subject to dysfunctional behavior emotionally and mentally.

"I'm happy we are getting back to his talent as a golfer."

What talent? Hitting a ball in to a hole? I agree with the other comment above. This is a guy who is exceedingly talented at hitting a ball in a hole with a stick. Think about it for a second...hitting a ball into a hole with a stick. This is iconic? What? We have guys kicking in booby-trapped doors in Iraq all day long. Ball-in-hole is not even in the same universe.

It is entertaining to read comments like this from adults.

whaaaatttt.....omg what has our country come too....he won a bunch of golf games from which he sucks now....THATS IT!!!!BIG FREAKN DEAL...athlete of the decade....what a joke this country is becoming.....

How could anyone vote even one vote for this guy. He is no longer an athlete he is now just a horn dog of a joke. Now being investigated for drugs by the Feds. Taht will look great in the caption under his picture as athlete of the decade, wh---master, horn dog, drug addict and gambler who sometimes plays golf.

Tiger can hit a ball straight - and he may be a good athlete, but golf is not an athletic endevor. It takes focus and coordination. Tiger has given a lot to the "sport" because everyone loves a winner and identifies with that. To consider TW before Lance Armstrong is not only a denial of the fact that Lance Armstrong is the greatest athlete of our generation, but ignores that LA has given back to cure cancer and make the lives better of those that have the disease. If you haven't suffered on a bike, you won't relate to how grueling cycling can be at the highest level. Suffice it to say, there are no John Daleys in cycling. Not one.

Tiger doesn't need Elin, golf or performance enhancing drugs, he should join Amway, and sponsor his "girlfriends", as Amway also screws anything that moves. Amway is a scam, and here's why: Amway pays out as little money as they can get away with, so they support the higher level IBOs ripping off their downline via the tool scam. As a result, about 99% of IBOs operate at a net loss, while the top 1% make several TIMES more from their Amway tool scam than from the Amway products. Read about it on my blog, I suggest you start here: http://tiny.cc/D5oJh and forward the information to everyone you know, so they don't get scammed.

Gee...a rare double...athlete of the decade and jerk of the century.

Hero? Icon?!
Not a chance!
I havent liked the guy since I was about 12 with good reason!

At the Canadian open as all the golfers were walking through to the club house after they finished up, tiger woods walked through very quickly and didnt sign anything. My brother and I were told by one of his body gaurds that he would be coming out the back and to wait there...sooooo we waited and there wasnt a SINGLE person around. All of a sudden a mini van pulls up and his body gaurd that spoke to us earlier took the memoribilia we had for him to sign. After nogotiating in the car with him for more than 5min..he continued to decline signing anything!!!!!!!!!!...we were just kids..it would've taken him two seconds to sign..so we left empty handed and with a bad taste.. the van continued to take off with him and his body guards and with no one else around...ha i geuss when he's not in the public eye he doesnt care about anything except himself..not his fans, family etc..ha lets face it he's just sorry he got caught. Amazing golfer but as a person? not so much. Im pro Sergio Garcia all the way! theres a guy whose about his fans and always has a smile on his face.
A mistake is something that happens once..maybe twice..but the lady count is at what ..about 11 woman?.. Wake up everyone. He doesnt deserve any awards..in the end its his kids that suffer. Who cares about making him feel better..he didnt think of the people he hurt.
Tiger unlike so many of the men in america has a reputation to protect and has fans to protect. Without it...hes not tiger. Instead he built up an image of something he is not and paid for it.
Money corrupts!...these woman wouldnt actually be with him because of his looks....ha too bad he fell for it
If this is Americas 'hero' than please someone help America.

aside from his indiscretions, golf is barely a SPORT, its a 4 hour walkathon for people that can move fast enough. how about somebody like roger federer. of course this is the press,lazy,overweight, donut eating, cig smokin hacks. tiger it is.

Anyone who thinks golf isn't a sport or takes no athletic ability is an idiot. Period. If it took no skill then why do so many of our favorite athletes (in other sports) suck so bad at it. Of all the sports I've played in my lifetime, it is without question the most difficult to master.

As for him not signing autographs...cry me a river. He isn't entitled to sign anything. Although, I will hang on to my TW autographed hat. :)

Michael Phelps or Lance Armstrong should be the athlete of the decade. They had to work much harder then tiger woods did,and were in more demanding sports.

Tiger Woods on Ebay for $3 million dollars , the greatest golfer of our times , has won more championships than any other golfer at the young age of 21 . He has broken more records than any other golfer only one behind Jack Nicolas far as tournaments.. Mr . Woods autographed this painting at the Mercedes Benz Championship at the La Costa golf and health spa in San Diego California in 1998.and after he won his the first Masters at 21 years old , Tiger is a passionate person a very nice guy . I named the painting ( The Master ) because Tiger is the master of golf .This is a collectors piece of our history..Pictured with Tiger Woods is artist Prince Whiting III ,The painting measures 24 x36 oil on canvas and has a beautiful custom frame Now that Tiger is on indefinite leave from golf this painting is the historic remembrance of the greatest golfer of our time . What will golf become will it fade back to the old men sport that know one will watch , but, oh'' when he returns, it's going to be the greatest sports to be watched on that day.there will be tears shredded .and all will say he's back. because he coming back stronger than ever he's going to kick much butt.Please visit my website at www.princewhiting.com are you can find me at Google.com. Tiger voted the athlete of the decade .With this painting there is a Certificate of Authenticity and a letter from Nike his sponsor and manger. Happy Bidding

Tiger Woods , the greatest golfer of our times , has won more championships than any other golfer at the young age of 21 . He has broken more records than any other golfer only one behind Jack Nicolas far as tournaments.. Mr . Woods autographed this painting at the Mercedes Benz Championship at the La Costa golf and health spa in San Diego California in 1998.and after he won his the first Masters at 21 years old , Tiger is a passionate person a very nice guy . I named the painting ( The Master ) because Tiger is the master of golf .This is a collectors piece of our history..Pictured with Tiger Woods is artist Prince Whiting III ,The painting measures 24 x36 oil on canvas and has a beautiful custom frame Now that Tiger is on indefinite leave from golf this painting is the historic remembrance of the greatest golfer of our time . What will golf become will it fade back to the old men sport that know one will watch , but, oh'' when he returns, it's going to be the greatest sports to be watched on that day.there will be tears shredded .and all will say he's back. because he coming back stronger than ever he's going to kick much butt.Please visit my website at www.princewhiting.com are you can find me at Google.com. Tiger voted the athlete of the decade .With this painting there is a Certificate of Authenticity and a letter from Nike his sponsor and manger. Happy Bidding

roger fed is way better than him, roger won 15 grand slams, held his world number one spot for 231 weeks, 24 most consecutive finals won, his overall record is quite something and you go and pick tiger woods for athlete of the decade? to me tiger woods is not even close to roger fed in athletic abilities, if you want to see who truly would've won the athlete of the decade, LET THE PEOPLE VOTE! you'll get your answers from the people, not a group of people who think they know who's the best athlete, let the people decide who should've taken that award home

roger fed is way better than him, roger won 15 grand slams, held his world number one spot for 231 weeks, 24 most consecutive finals won, his overall record is quite something and you go and pick tiger woods for athlete of the decade? to me tiger woods is not even close to roger fed in athletic abilities, if you want to see who truly would've won the athlete of the decade, LET THE PEOPLE VOTE! you'll get your answers from the people, not a group of people who think they know who's the best athlete, let the people decide who should've taken that award home

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