For 10 incomparable years, no one ruled a sport like Woods. He won 64 tournaments, including 12 major championships. And those 56 titles in one decade on the PGA Tour? Only four of golf’s greatest players won more in their entire careers.
Even as a shocking sex scandal changed the way people look at Woods, the records he set could not be ignored.
Woods was selected Wednesday as the Athlete of the Decade by members of the Associated Press in a vote that was about his performance on the course, not the self-described transgressions as a person.
He received 56 of the 142 votes cast since last month. More than half the ballots were returned after the Nov. 27 car accident outside his Florida home.
Cyclist Lance Armstrong finished second and tennis player Roger Federer was third.