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Tiger Woods is named AP athlete of the decade

December 16, 2009 | 10:55 am

Uh oh, Tiger Woods is in the news again. But this time it's good, really, as the Associated Press has named Woods the AP Athlete of the Decade.

Woods received 56 votes (nice bit of symmetry: he won 56 PGA Tour tournaments in the 2000s), including 12 majors. Most of the ballots were returned before Woods' car accident on Nov. 27 and the ensuing scandal.

Lance Armstrong finished in second place with 33 votes, Roger Federer third with 25 and Michael Phelps fourth with 15. Tom Brady received six votes, sprinter Usain Bolt four.

Strangely, Woods was unavailable for comment on his award.

-- Houston Mitchell