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Tiger Woods: Athlete of the decade?

Despite three weeks of scandal-filled headlines, The Associated Press named Tiger Woods its "Athlete of the Decade" on Wednesday. Do you agree? Read the full AP article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  December 16, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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definitely not!
Golf is NOT an athletic endeavour. Nothing to do with the recent discoveries of tiger's stupidity.

Posted by: qwerty34 | December 16, 2009 11:47 AM

Good for Tiger! He deserves it. His personal life has NOTHING to do with his ability to obliterate his competition on the golf course. GOT TIGER!

Posted by: cbmuzik | December 16, 2009 12:17 PM

lance should be athelete of the decade...tiger maybe second...and this has nothing to do with his personal life...

Posted by: deadskin | December 16, 2009 12:25 PM

I agree, Tiger has forever changed the look of golf. What he did off the field has nothing to do what he has done for the game of golf!

Posted by: bobby20 | December 16, 2009 12:25 PM

My vote for Tiger is partially a vote for the liberation of sex free from religious bigotry and moral hypocrisy.

Posted by: semmi | December 16, 2009 12:32 PM

I never tuned into the Masters to see Tiger pick up the "Husband of the Year Award." I watched because I like watching him hit a golf ball 300 yards and sink putts. I grew up with my own hero (my grandmother)so I never needed Tiger to be mine. He revolutionized golf like LT did the linebacker position in football. Both guys have their own personal failings but I really don't care about that.

Posted by: gtaylor301 | December 16, 2009 12:33 PM

The award for athlete of the year, is the only information reported about Tiger Woods in the past few weeks that is any of our business. What he does behind closed doors is his business.

The media has treated this situation
as it has because Tiger Woods is a man of color and his wife is blonde haired and blue eyed. If that were not the case this would never have made the news let alone, headline news.

With all that is going on in this country and the world, the Health Care debate, Education or lack thereof, and War, Hannuuka, Christmas, and Kwaanza, this is the most important thing to repeatedly report.

As a female I asked myself then (when he got married) and I ask now, since when did a Nanny make that great a choice as a wife, for a really rich man, regardless of her race? Oh, I lost my head for a moment, Money!!! Sometimes you get what you pay for. In this situation it seems both parties are paying for what they got. He got a blond, with blue eyes, she got a very rich man who was willing to sign a pre-nup to ensure she never be a Nanny again with or without him.

Posted by: mcaustin | December 16, 2009 12:38 PM

it should have been Roger Federer for two reasons:

1) Federer surpassed the previous record for Grand Slam wins
2) Unlike golf, tennis is a sport.

Posted by: mburix | December 16, 2009 12:58 PM

Pujols is athlete of the decade. Woods is screw-off of the last three years.

Posted by: myhonestopinion | December 16, 2009 1:05 PM

So ,let me get this straight. One of Tiger's doctors is under investigation for supplying performance enhancing drugs to athlete's? Does this mean golfers aren't tested for drug use? Could this be the reason Tiger can out drive other golfers by a mile? Hmmmmmmmm

Posted by: hessone | December 16, 2009 1:06 PM

Golf is definitely a sport, since when is it not? Get Real. No matter what he's going through now which is a private matter, if he disappointed anyone other then his wife and family then that's there dumbness, Tiger is a imperfect man not a diety. Why do people have expectations of Tiger other then to give us a great display of his atheletic ability at golf is beyond me.

He's not a role model, he's a golf pro and for the last 10 years he has done for the game what Michael Jordan did for basketball and remember he too had cheating on his wife issues. I agree with the vote, he is the athlete of the decade.

Posted by: love2much SE | December 16, 2009 1:10 PM

65% say yes? Are you kidding me?

1. Golf is not a sport.......

2. Even if it was:

Lance Armstrong. End of discussion.

Posted by: CF11555 | December 16, 2009 1:20 PM

I think there's a strong case for Tiger (unless you don't believe that golf is a sport, in which case, I can't help you). Equally strong cases can be made for Federer and Armstrong. Jimmie Johnson also belongs on the list as someone else who has dominated his sport for the past 10 years.

Barry Bonds could be in the discussion, although the fact that he never won a championship hurts him just as much as the steroid allegations. In fact, I don't see that there was really one dominant baseball or football player of the decade. Tom Brady? Maybe. Peyton Manning? Maybe. Pujoles is certainly a beast, but he hasn't completely dominated his sport. Neither have A-Rod or Jeter. Really, in baseball, you might have to make the case for Curt Schilling, who was a key piece of World Series championships for two different teams.

Regardless, there's no part of this recent round of scandals that changes what Tiger did on the field. You can argue that there may be others who deserve it more, but the scandals have nothing to do with that.

Posted by: js_edit | December 16, 2009 1:46 PM

Haters, haters, haters. I read all of the comments and when I saw the name Lance I did not know who they were talking about until I read a few more comments and saw everyone was talking about Lance Armstrong. All you have to do is say "Tiger" and almost everyone around the world knows who you are talking about. Alright, I will say that Lance Armstrong is good but for the past 10 years Tiger Woods name has a much stronger pull to draw the crowd than Lance Armstrong. The question is who do the feel for the past decade is the best and I have to agree. AND YES GOLF IS A SPORT. Do your history, golf has been around for centuries. Tiger Woods deserves this honor it has NOTHING to do with his personal life. Or maybe the questions should be how many people don't want him to have this because of their judgement on his private life and not his professional life.

Posted by: AmazedatourIgnorance | December 16, 2009 2:00 PM

Golf isn't a sport and it is not an athletic competition. Golf is in the same category as bowling and billiards, where hand-eye coordination is really the only requirement.

Here's the proof - Give me one real sport where this guy could win a major competition:

http://www.midwestsportsfans.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/Angel-Cabrera.jpg

Posted by: mburix | December 16, 2009 2:03 PM

Yes he deserves this because it has nothing to do with his personal achievements towards being declared "Athlete of the decade". We can not intermingle all this with his personal life. He is still respected as a Great Golfer and it should been seen as such. As far as character is concerned I think this is an every day affair in USA and EU Countries. He has openly requested for Pardon and is now in a state of repentance. Try to reconcile this family rather than paving ways for their separation.

Posted by: aftab68 | December 16, 2009 2:05 PM

What if everyone took all the hours they spend each week watching sports and all the money spent on sports as well and put that time and money to making a difference. What a better world we'd live in. They're shouldn't even be awards in sports. It's something you do to have fun and please yourself. It's what you do off the field, course, etc. that's makes a difference.

Posted by: brendalsmith | December 16, 2009 2:05 PM

Absolutely NOT! What consitutes Athlete of the Decade? Only performance on the field of play? Let's hope not!

Tiger's angry, snarly, cursing demeanor and his disdain for fans made him an unsavory character even before his lying, cheating ways were revealed.

Athlete of the Decade? Doesn't this imply that children should admire and attempt to emulate such a person? I don't want my little boy to want to be like Tiger!

Posted by: FactChecker1 | December 16, 2009 2:07 PM

I would never pick a golfer as a top athlete, they get to pick and choose when and where they want to play. Unlike real athletes like baseball, football and basketball players....

Posted by: mimo1 | December 16, 2009 2:07 PM

So sorry for you AP - A person who rides up the Alps on a bicycle is an athlete. A person who can run a track faster than a lightning bolt is an athlete. A man who hits a stationary ball with a stick and walks in the park after it is an entertainer - not an athlete. What's next for athlete of the decade? Poker player? Gimme a break.

Posted by: CZARSPOP | December 16, 2009 2:23 PM

Tiger Woods has won consistently, persevered through hardships, continued to improve and bring the sport to the attention of our couch-potato society who could wholly benefit from walking an 18-hole course and playing the game. If it were not for the vulture-media, Mr. Wood's private life would remain personal and he would not be held to some arbitrary standard that is riddled with nebulous holes. If all celebrities were held to the standards being imposed on Mr. Woods, we would have no personalities to grace the cover pages of the rag mags. Expect no more of Mr. Woods than he should expect of you were your roles reversed and you got caught in your web of sins.

Posted by: ncross1944 | December 16, 2009 2:25 PM

I agree with QWERTY34;

definitely not!!!!!!
Golf is NOT an athletic endeavour!!!!!

Posted by: imiga | December 16, 2009 2:32 PM

Out of the list of adulterers, he is the best!

Posted by: JohnWWW | December 16, 2009 2:33 PM

Let's separate the athelete from the action for a moment. Tiger Woods, the athelete, is the best of our generation in terms of what he brings his sport, hands down.

Tiger Woods, the person, is one of the biggest scum bags in society when it comes to moral terpitude.

Posted by: mwilliam1 | December 16, 2009 2:33 PM

Anyone who says that Golf is not a sport has not played golf. Not only does it require hand-eye coordination, it demands a variety of swings for different purposes, a knowledge and ability to adjust to a variety of circumstances, endurance to walk appx. 7 miles while doing all the above, a superior ability to concentrate and focus, strength to extract from rough and sand, and execution....all of these performed alone. Tiger Woods is the best, period. Anyone who disagrees probably has some sissy, whiny attitude about golf b/c they see it as a game for the rich or some other whoa is me attitude.

Posted by: csterling | December 16, 2009 2:34 PM


I don't even put Golf in as an athletic sport. Give me a break. Choose a real athlete, at least someone that get's their heart rate above 150 (not counting moments not on the golf course, heh) on a regular basis. Hey, he has amazing skill but so do dart players and pro bowlers. Next thing you know nintendo players will be considered athletes too. Golfer of the decade, fine, he deserves that. Athlete? No.

Lance Armstrong's hands down is most deserving. In fact, ANY of the next five on the list would be a better choice then Woods (Usain Bolt, Brady, Phelps, Federer and Armstrong).

Lets face it, most of the voters are guys that play golf. I'm not a golf hater, hey it's a great past time, fat guys get exercise, it's good for business .. but it is not an athletic sport comparable to any of the others.

Posted by: boblas | December 16, 2009 2:49 PM

For all the narrow-minded...according to Miriam Webster:

Main Entry: golf
Pronunciation: \ˈgälf, ˈgȯlf, ˈgäf, ˈgȯf
Date: 15th century
: a game in which a player using special clubs attempts to sink a ball with as few strokes as possible into each of the 9 or 18 successive holes on a course
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Yes, they said a game.

Tiger, hurry back. No one ever tuned in for Phil Mickelson.

Posted by: Keliza64 | December 16, 2009 2:52 PM

Response to CSterling: I have played golf and I am admittedly not very good at it. I also think it's pretty boring compared to skiing and mountain biking which are my favorite sports.

The walking 7 miles part while concentrating is funny... Pretty much anyone with a pulse can do that, even John Daly when he's not wasted.

Posted by: mburix | December 16, 2009 2:59 PM

Lance is by far the better choice here. Lance has dominated one of the toughest, if not the toughest event in all of sports for years. Tiger can't even carry his own clubs!

Posted by: runshawn | December 16, 2009 3:00 PM

I vote "No". It has nothing to do with his personal life. It has nothing to do with whether a golfer is an athlete or not. The fact is Roger Federer, Lance Armstrong, and Michael Phelps all dominated their respective sports even more so than Tiger dominated golf over the past decade.

Posted by: kenjabi | December 16, 2009 3:02 PM


i didn't know adultery was a sport.

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 16, 2009 3:03 PM


maybe they could have had a TIE...

michael vick the dog killer / woods the cheater

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 16, 2009 3:05 PM

He is a great golfer but not a great husband. Not sure why he got married to begin with - play the field dude have fun jock the chicks - why bring innocent people into your freak world. Hate the posted by:

Posted by: mcaustin | December 16, 2009 12:38 PM She is an f-in nut!!!

Posted by: einwad1 | December 16, 2009 3:06 PM

If Golf wasn't a sport then we wouldn't be arguing this on the sports section of The Washington Post and you people think Cycling is a sport over Golf, let me ask you what kind of skill cycling takes other than being in great shape and if that is the only thing that matters than bodybuilding should be a sport.

Posted by: jjkerl | December 16, 2009 3:07 PM

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oh heck.

how about a THREE WAY TIE?

1)serena williams - who threatened a linesjudge's life

1)michael vick - who conducted dog fights and shot the losers with a pistol

1)tiger woods - the big tough macho black man who had the f beaten out of him by a little swedish lady

all three of these come highly rated.

makes me really proud to be an american.

*sigh*

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Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 16, 2009 3:08 PM

Well, it's nice to see that the weather is warm enough for trolls to come out from under their bridges.

Posted by: js_edit | December 16, 2009 3:14 PM

It should go to Elin Woods. After all, if you can beat the s@!$ out of the best athlete of the decade, you ought to be at least in contention.

Posted by: mburix | December 16, 2009 3:14 PM

I am wondering who the people are that feel golf is not a sport. I played basketball, baseball, and football and it takes just as much athletic ability to golf as it does those sports if not more. That is probably why the people that feel golf is not a sport cannot play the game of golf. Tiger has brought more to the sport in the last decade and stayed at the top of the sport so he very much deserves the award regardless of his personal life.

Posted by: laidback1 | December 16, 2009 3:15 PM

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you know.. if we only have a three way tie.. how do we include such greats as barry bonds who used steroids to set home run records... or michael phelps who smokes dope on camera at parties.. or my personal favorite, paul hamm, the american gymnast who fell and rolled into the judges table and still got the gold medal, even though there was a scoring error, and the korean should have won.. and yet, paul hamm, even at the request of the IOC REFUSED to give up the gold.. what a stud! ROFLMAO!

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Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 16, 2009 3:16 PM

Golf is not a sport! It is a leisure activity. In light of some of the amazing accomplishments by true atheletes, ie Roger Federer, Lance Amstrong, Tom Brady..., it makes the award fairly meaningless.

Posted by: artsy01 | December 16, 2009 3:19 PM

What's the difference between Tiger Woods and Santa Claus?

Santa stops after three "Ho's."

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | December 16, 2009 3:21 PM

How is Lance Armstrong a true athlete and Tiger Woods not?

Posted by: jjkerl | December 16, 2009 3:21 PM

There are a few athletes who transcend their sports to become something larger, so that people who don't even care about sports -- or their sport -- pay attention to them. Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, and Michael Jordan come to mind.

Tiger may not be quite at that level yet, but he was/is certainly on his way. Seriously. All this kerfuffle over a golfer? That tells you a lot about his status in the pantheon of sports. And a good argument for why he's the athlete of the decade.

Honestly, before Tiger, who cared about golf since the last time Nicklaus played a decent tourney?

Posted by: js_edit | December 16, 2009 3:28 PM

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maybe we could solve all of this in a very easy way.

just give athlete of the year to the top POKER CHAMPION on espn.

now THAT is a ballsy sport!

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Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 16, 2009 3:29 PM

All of you who are saying that golf isn't a sport need to go play a full course one of these days and see if it 'feels' like a game of darts when you're through..

In any case, of course Tiger is tops..He's done more for his sport and more for his career than anyone else named in the running. Lance did great, but if you all remember, he does have a team that supports him, so they share a piece of all of his accomplishments. For Tiger, it's just him and his caddie, but he's the guy who has to make the dozens of crucial shots while standing in front of hundreds of people waiting for him to make history shot after shot after shot.

All that, and he rarely disappointed.

Posted by: OneGovt_Worker | December 16, 2009 3:32 PM

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... but then, if we give the athlete of the decade to the poker champion on espn, we can't give athlete of the decade to the olympic ice skater TONYA HARDING, who hired a goon to break Nancy Kerrigans knees with a club right before the winter olympics.

go tonya!

:D

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Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 16, 2009 3:33 PM

Just a couple of comments:

Golf on Saturday while drinking beers with the buds is not a sport but when grinding out four days in tournament play, yes, it is a sport.

Tiger screwed around on his wife - Big Fu*king Deal! Recent studies reveal that 45-55% of married women and 50-60% of married men engage in extramarital sex at some time or another during their relationship (Atwood & Schwartz, 2002 - Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy). That means at least half the married people out there could, or should, care less about Tiger's indiscretions (Except that we do live in the land of hypocrisy). And the other 50% of "happily" married people out there, if 50% of them feel like me - I could care less about who Tiger is or isn't sleeping with, married, or not - that leaves a whopping 25% who have nothing better to do in life than worry about Tiger keeps his club.

Posted by: dmr0834 | December 16, 2009 3:37 PM

I'm betting the vast majority of people who keep bleating that golf is not a sport, have never played 4 rounds, for 4 straight days at a high level. It demands strength, stamina, mental focus, and precision. It's not just 'hitting a ball with a stick' or a 'walk in the park'...if it were, a lot more people would be making millions of dollars doing it.
Tiger has not just been at the top of golf for the decade but did so a a level beyond everyone else. I'd put Armstrong and Federer in the discussion, and probably Tom Brady, Annika Sorenstam to fill out the top 5.

Posted by: ronstamant | December 16, 2009 3:58 PM

I'd like to know the gender of all these AP pollsters. Seems they are putting the seal of approval on Tiger's behavior.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | December 16, 2009 4:00 PM

Golf on Saturday while drinking beers with the buds is not a sport but when grinding out four days in tournament play, yes, it is a sport.

Posted by: dmr0834 | December 16, 2009 3:37 PM

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True. And the same with driving a car. Driving to work every day on the interstate isn't a sport (although sometimes it sure seems like one).

But driving 500 miles at 180 mph against some of the best drivers in the world certainly is a sport, whether it's NASCAR, Indy, Formula One, or whatever.

Posted by: js_edit | December 16, 2009 4:01 PM

I'd like to know the gender of all these AP pollsters. Seems they are putting the seal of approval on Tiger's behavior.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | December 16, 2009 4:00 PM

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How so? Do his antics off the field have anything to do with his performance on the field?

Are we going to demand that all of the women who (allegedly) fooled around with Tiger be fired from their jobs? After all, they knowingly slept with a married man (allegedly).

Do their (alleged) sins somehow count less than his (alleged) sins?

Posted by: js_edit | December 16, 2009 4:22 PM

Phelps.....hands down!

Posted by: jahs4fun | December 16, 2009 4:25 PM

For all who say that GOLF IS NOT A SPORT, you've never WALKED an 18-hole course, and from your attitudes, you probably couldn't ride a cart in the 90 to sometimes 102 degree heat surrounded by musquitoes, bumble bees, snakes, alligators that the pros endure! And that's not to speak of the hills and sand. And unlike Lance Armstrong whose shoes are molded to his feet and who feet are molded to the pedals of the bike, golfers walk the entire almost seven miles. And by the way, like any athlete, that walking and swinging doesn't come without prior conditioning. Like most profesional athletes, golfers lift weights, run and have to condition their bodies. Granted there are some who have issues. For those of you who say that golfers can pick and chose when they play...WRONG; only the consistent champions like Tiger-the ones in the money circle!

For those of you saying no to Tiger and saying golf is not a sport or naming someone else, but in your mind you're really mad at him of because of his recent infedelities revealed, remember that you are to look at him first as the athlete golfer. I surely don't agree with what he's done. But our media is out of control with their lust for celebrity, and our society is even worse with thier insatiability for gossip; on the heels of the media glued to the TV waiting to soak it up. God help you all!!! GET A LIFE OF YOUR OWN!!! Has it ever occurred to any of you that any of these skanks just might be lying??? Besides, we don't know what goes on in the Woods' household and we don't need to know!

Give Tiger the award! He truly deserves it for GOLF!!! God is taking care of the rest!

Posted by: normanmarentha | December 16, 2009 4:29 PM

How is Lance Armstrong a true athlete and Tiger Woods not?

I know someone that could not pass their cardiac stress test yet they were a very good golfer. Kudos to golf and golfing in general but there are not many pro golfers that, in my opinion, I would call athletes. Golf is a sport, however, a sport where people can generally be very out of shape and still be pretty good. That is not true in cycling (probably one of the most difficult sports known when it comes to endurance, wind and fitness in general).

Posted by: boblas | December 16, 2009 4:30 PM

Golf vs. Cycling:

1. Cycle up and down France for 20+ consecutive stages - see how it feels. I sure as heck couldn't do that.


2. Walk 18 holes a couple times per week. I could do that.

Yes, cyclists are athletes. Lance Armstrong is the athlete of the decade.

Golfers are not athletes.

Posted by: CF11555 | December 16, 2009 4:41 PM

Golfer of the decade or just a$$hole of the year. Vote on that!

Posted by: GordonShumway | December 16, 2009 4:47 PM

Golfers are not athletes? You are a bunch of fools.

Posted by: barnesy2526 | December 16, 2009 4:50 PM

For all of you who said Golf isn't a sport. There was a golf channel 10 years before there was an NFL channel.

Posted by: PhilMcgroin | December 16, 2009 4:57 PM

philmcgroin wrote; "For all of you who said Golf isn't a sport. There was a golf channel 10 years before there was an NFL channel."

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yea? well, there was the lone ranger show before there was the golf channel. so, what exactly is your point?

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 16, 2009 5:05 PM

Congrulation, Tiger Wood.
People should stop judging Wood, and read about his life a Golfer, which is all he knows.
To have been sucker in by so many gold-digers tell me that Tiger had no experienced with women, they saw him comming, ever down to Elin Nordegren who wrote let me show you how not to be a date, but a wife.
Ten month after the first date that some one else ask Elin for Tiger, they were married.
I blame Tiger's parients for not telling him more about tramps like these, they were to concerned with his Golf, than his life. Tiger will never blame his folks, but you see it all the time, Naive men being used by young good-looking Tramps.
Groupee's are waiting for you husband or boy-friend.
Ashley Dupre is a joke after she has destroyed the spitzers marriage, she seem to think it funny, and get a job at NYP., how sick is that.

Posted by: gallagher591 | December 16, 2009 5:05 PM

Your mom.. that's my point.

Posted by: PhilMcgroin | December 16, 2009 5:07 PM

hey mburix, you are stupid. so b/c you think something is boring means it is not a sport and john daly doesn't win which is exactly the point, and mountain biking is for losers, anybody with a pulse can ride a bike, and you are stupid.

Posted by: csterling05 | December 16, 2009 5:07 PM

I agree with csterling05. How many people do you know who get on a bike and ride 100 miles a day. Now how many people do you know who actually go out and play the game of golf. That is the influence that Tiger has.

Posted by: PhilMcgroin | December 16, 2009 5:12 PM

Next decade it will be bowler? Go PBA.

Posted by: glynnjp1 | December 16, 2009 5:19 PM

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LOVE is a standard iusse> only the objects change. Falling in LOVE is the ONLY socially acceptable "PSYCHOSIS.Nobody in love has good judgement;everybody wishes, and confuses fantasy and reality.
It takes a lot of work to be a lover.
How much brain does a man need to make love with?One of the saddest things in life to accept is that those you love often love others more.American women don`t seem prone to be mistresses, they want it for keeps.It`s okay to be bait, but when she goes fishing, she wants the fish.THE ONLY THING THAT SHAKES up MEN is thier WOMEN..Merry christmas..to bad we dont celebrate "carnival" in this country..loving an ohterperson from NOV.11. after 11:11 pm til Feb.2010 you cannot be held accountoable for a love affiar during this timespan!

Posted by: sigup | December 16, 2009 5:24 PM

OF COURSE HE DESERVES IT. I DO NOT AGREE OR ACCEPT HIS MARITAL INDESCRETIONS BUT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS SPORT ACCOMPLISHMENTS. AS USUAL THE MEDIA MAGGOTS THINK THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO INTRUDE ON ANYONE'S PERSONAL LIFE.IT IS THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN VERIFY THEIR MISERABLE NON ACCOMPLISMENT/CONTRIBUTE TO A BETTER WORLD LIFE.

Posted by: mikee1940 | December 16, 2009 5:48 PM

Of course he is the athlete of the decade. His sexual prowess off the course proves it (pun). When criticized about some of his antics and the effect they would have on children basket ball player Charles Barkley stated that he is not your sons role model. This is particularly amusing because Tiger was not put forth as a kids role model but one for adults instead. Considering that golf is an endeavor of the upper crust there is a big lesson to learn here. Look within yourself, your religion and your values for a role model. The person selling you soap on TV is not real. He is make believe and so is what you see on the tube. His outside indiscretions in no way damage what he has achieved in his sport. He is still the best golfer of all time.

Posted by: gvelanis | December 16, 2009 5:50 PM

He is beyond exceptional as a golfer but the golfer of the year should be the personification of not only the athlete but human being as well. I remember the era of Sammy Snead, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicolas and others who were all excellent golfers several near Mr. Wood's level but without these men golf as Mr. Woods came to benefit would not exist as we know it today. Ironically they were also excelent examples of husbands and fathers as well. And interestingly what if there does come proof that he benefitted from the use of perfomance enhancing drugs...is he still on the pedistal?

Posted by: davidmswyahoocom | December 16, 2009 6:03 PM

Roger Federer should have been #1 on the list. He won more Majors than Tiger, finished 2nd in more majors, and is in a sport where pure athleticism is also a major factor to go along with other talents unlike golf.

Fed all the way

Posted by: divi3 | December 16, 2009 6:12 PM

Woods - no. He's yet to come through the fire of failures that all performers face. Better candidates...
Lance Armstrong - Yes
Roger Federer - Yes
Questions around Woods' doctor need resolution
His adultery is irrelevant -- to his athleticism, but NOT to his brand. This man is a class-A fraud, who deliberately set out to pretend to be what he was not.

Posted by: ajwe2l | December 16, 2009 6:20 PM

golf may take accuracy, but not athleticism.

look at john daly. then look at micheal phelps. or usian bolt. or...

then look at tiger woods again.

top athlete? not by a long shot.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | December 16, 2009 6:49 PM

Athlete - A person who plays a sport.
Example: Bruce Jenner, Joe Theismann, Michael Jordan.

Role Model - A person to aspire to.
Example: Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela.

Don't get the two confused. If Tiger Woods is your kids role model, you have failed as a parent. If ANY ATHELETE is your kids role model, you are a failure as a parent. If an athlete is your kids role model turn off the Simpsons and Family Guy and spend a day with your kid now and then.

YOU should be their role model. If you are not, ask why? WHAT DID YOU DO/NOT DO?

As far as the award, heck yes Tiger deserves it. No other athlete anyone mentioned integrated a sport. Golf was a Caucasian mans game (exclusively) before he came in. He dominated his sport - as others did throughout the decade. But none faced the social hurdles he did. He's the Jackie Robinson of golf - albeit with more public flaws.

And his hurdles took a toll on him. Socially. That's why he prefers the type of woman he does. That type of woman is his sense of approval that he's made it.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | December 16, 2009 6:51 PM

because they have already accomplished what none in their sports have before, it is obvious that you cannot honor one without including the other:

lance armstrong & roger federer.

Posted by: surlydoc | December 16, 2009 6:53 PM

Sorry guys, as much as you would like to think it is, golf is not a sport. It's a game.

Maybe give Tiger Sportsman of the Decade, but Athlete of the Decade - no way. Lance Armstrong by a long shot.

Lance Armstrong has done what no other athlete has ever done or will ever do. Case closed.

Posted by: pdelia | December 16, 2009 7:05 PM

Golf is a sport like bass fishing is a sport. You don't have to be much of an athlete to be a great golfer. Golfer of the Decade - absolutely. Athlete of the Decade - come on, get real.

Posted by: pdelia | December 16, 2009 7:15 PM

Michael Phelps is an another acceptable alternative to Lance Armstrong.

He pulled off the single greatest athlteic achievement of the decade -

though i'd still give the edge to Lance Armstrong.

Tiger though, will have to settle for best golfer of the decade......not athlete

Posted by: CF11555 | December 16, 2009 8:15 PM

Golfers are not athletes.
They walk a few miles for several days and swing a club about 70 times (plus a few practice swings)

It may be a sport and he may be the best sportsman of the decade - but athlete - not a chance.

Posted by: fakedemographics | December 16, 2009 8:21 PM

Golfers are not athletes. Golf is not a sport, it is a game. I ask you this, is john daly an athlete? Is craig stadler an ahtlete? No they are not. All you golfers out there think golfers are athletes because they golf and think they are athletes themselves. You are not and neither are pro golfers.

Posted by: jakelly67 | December 16, 2009 8:32 PM

I agreed Tiger was the Athlete of the Decade.
Yes, if you look into the apples and oranges, you have a handful of athletes who are arguably more dominant in te 2000s, in more "athletic" sports.
Roger Federer
Lance Armstrong
Mike Phelps
Usain Bolt
Yes, the Chinese ping-pong guy, whoever he is.
And a magnificent one-of-a-kind dominant athlete in a team sport like football is naturally subsumed in how he does in a team...

I'd say that aspects of Armstrong and Federers dominance and consistency make certain records they have unapproachable in a Joe Dimaggio sense. Armstrongs 7 straight Tour de France trophies, Federer making 22 straight Grand Slam semi-finals so far and he is still going (his closest rivals were Rod Laver and Ivan Lendl - each with 10 straight semis.)

But the difference is that Woods is in a sport 30 times bigger and more renumerative than biking, and 7 times more renumerative and followed globally than tennis.

Size of sport matters. Individual distinguishment and comparison to any peer being close matters.

Its Tiger, for sure.

And I say that as a tennis player. And as a once semi-competitive track endurance event athlete.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | December 16, 2009 8:53 PM

Just because he plays golf for a living doesn't mean we should separate that minute aspect of his life from his humanity. He is a dispicable human being who has no integrity, no sense of loyalty or honesty, and has damaged many lives. He is untrustworthy, and does not deserve respect. A person's character defines them not their job!

Posted by: gocougs12 | December 16, 2009 9:17 PM

Why should a scandal over Wood's private behavior off the field of play have anything to do with recognizing what the man did right? By all accounts he's an extraordinary athlete who has transformed the sport of golf. This "athlete of the decade" award recognizes that.

If I were his wife, I'd divorce him and take him to the cleaners in the process. But that has nothing to do with whether I'd want to watch him play the game.

Posted by: sakeneko | December 16, 2009 9:31 PM

Anyone who says that golf isn't a sport has obviously never played the game. Not only is it a sport, it's one of the more challenging sports to master. Tiger was the obvious choice for the award, the most compelling athlete of our time, present circumstances aside.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 16, 2009 10:27 PM

Not only is Woods the consummate golfer, he is now the poster child for the legalization of prostitution.

Posted by: Martial | December 16, 2009 10:30 PM

He is the greatest golfer ever. So he's a douche. He's a golfer...

Posted by: kevnet | December 16, 2009 11:05 PM

Golf is not a sport. It is a game. There is a huge difference.

Golf is more like pub darts and foosball.

Woods is not an athlete in any rational sense of the word.

Michael Phelps is an athlete. A candidate for athlete of the decade, to be sure.

I don't care enough for sports to really have an informed opinion on the "Best Athlete of the Decade".

I can assure you though, that Tiger Woods is not a candidate.

It is most likely one of the young (too young?) phenom female Chinese acrobats.

Posted by: DrVelocity | December 16, 2009 11:18 PM

Channels, channels ....

There were bowling tournaments on TV before there was golf. Two very similar NON-Athletic endeavors, IMNSHO.

Both golf and bowling go better with a six-pack and a cigar.

Posted by: DrVelocity | December 16, 2009 11:27 PM

This is my last attempt, I promise... Yes, playing the Masters is different than a relaxed foursome with your buddies. But so is playing poker in the WSOP or playing darts at the highest levels. Put some $2 million price money into beer-pong and it will change the way people play the game and how they view it.

People, the point is this: Take Angel Cabrera
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_dwS7qfzBHmQ/SY4OgbCx_9I/AAAAAAAAEmY/cH35xKk87mM/s400/AngelCabrera-sa.jpg

and Terrell Owens.

http://silentarchimedes.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/terrell_owens_france.jpg

Now, if the two of them play a game of golf, Angel Cabrera wins. Now assume that both of them are given one months to practice a SPORT that neither of them have much experience in, who will be better? Take soccer, track, basketball, skiing, biking, tennis, surfing, kayaking, gymnastics, ice hockey, you name it and you know that Owens will win in every single one of these competitions.

BTW, you can put Tiger against Owens, too and Owens will win out for sure. I actually believe that Tiger is a great athlete but he is going against competition of people who are not.

Posted by: mburix | December 16, 2009 11:57 PM

Tiger is the best athlete of the decade. The people stating that Tiger is not an athlete ought to look up the definition of the word.

Posted by: at1994 | December 17, 2009 6:16 AM

I guess for the 2010's, they'll move on to poker players.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | December 17, 2009 8:01 AM

He's not father or husband of the decade but athlete and as a golfer for the decade no one has dominated their individual sport more than Tiger. If there is anyone more deserving, WHO? Also keep in mind that whoever you choose probably have their own skeletons as well.

Posted by: SkinsFan1970 | December 17, 2009 8:27 AM

Just like with Pete Rose, Tiger's personal life has nothing to do with what he does on the golf course. He indeed has earned the right to be the athlete of the decade.
I hope he and his wife can work things out in their personal lives. God continue to bless Tiger and his family in the name of Jesus, Amen!

Posted by: rmilton | December 17, 2009 11:04 AM

Certainly he should be considered for sexual athlete of the decade.

Posted by: ihave4ducks | December 18, 2009 1:06 PM

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