Tiger Woods Still Most Powerful Athlete
By mustang6560 on 5/20/11
Tiger Woods may not be ranked inside the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking (officially happens next week), but he's still the world's most influential athlete. In the new Forbes "Celebrity 100 List", Tiger Woods is ranked as the #6 most powerful celebrity, behind Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, U2 and Elton John.

What does this mean?

It means despite the public scandal, despite the 18-month winless streak and despite the sliding ranking, Tiger Woods is still a bigger name than Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Roger Federer. Oh, and he still made a cool $75 million last year - NBD (casually brushes off shoulder). Phil Mickelson also made the list at #35, ahead of notables like Jay-Z, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal and Tom Brady, to name a few.

I am not surprised at all. Time heals all wounds and it's very apparent (at least to me) that Tiger's public image is naturally starting to correct itself. I think companies will start approaching Tiger in the new few months looking for endorsements again. Just like sex sells in advertising, Tiger sells in golf. Like him or not (which I would argue more people like him than not), he makes everything more exciting.

Admit it, the fact Tiger committed to The Players last week made you care more than you would have otherwise. And when he withdrew from the tournament, so did your interest.

Celebrity 100 List

photo by xploitme

[ comments ]
Banker85 says:
Spot on. The Players was so lame. Golf is in trouble if Tiger doesnt start winning.
birdieXris says:
I still enjoyed the Players even though tiger wasn't in it. actually i enjoyed it more because the cameras weren't on him every other shot while he pitched out of the trees or missed a 7 footer so the announcers could say "do you think that has anything to do with his knee, Jim?" and have a 5 minute dissertation on what he's doing to "get back into shape". Whatever. Tiger woods will always be a draw because of what he's accomplished in the past. IMO, he should have taken a couple of years off after he won the us open on a bad knee. He would have gone out a hero, dealt with what he dealt with in private, and been healthy enough to come back and dominate. Just me though.
manny.101 says:
@Banker85 ... Golf will only get more better an exciting not seeing the same old thing over and over. Yes Tiger is a great player although not invincible and he will definately need to step up even more than he has had to for a win.
falcon50driver says:
BirdieXris ditto
Banker85 says:
People like us will always watch golf, but the average viewer would careless about a major unless Tiger was playing (in contention or not) cold hard facts my friends. I dont know who is going to take over Tiger's role? I mean yes there are a ton of young talents out there but none with the allure of Tiger.
Watkins88 says:
I honestly dont think Tiger remembers how to win. He has lost alot of the "powers" he once held, especially in his short game. Instead of knowing where to place the ball and staring into the green in pure confidence his eyes now continue to search as if he knows but second guesses himself. One win is all i believe it will take, whether it a major, which i dont believe he has the clutch at this time to win, or not. Needless to say im a Tiger fan, more so after when everyone left him and he fell from grace. I want to see the return because i know it can and will happen.

Until then golf will be played by its greatest now and i will continue to love and watch this sport as much as i ever have.
DCB63 says:
I'd rather watch LPGA if Tiger continues his slump. There are some hot lady golfers out there...unfortunate the "unmarketable" ones keep winning....
The set-up with Tiger on top with 10 or so chasing him is network gold and fun to watch. The PGA is hurting and you can hear it in the coverage. There was no player now that could pull the Asian market like Tiger until Ishikawa. But his flare and rare wins by Choi and the lot won't do it. What the basic American doesn't realize is that Tiger is also half Asian, and his success single handedly introduced that massive consumer market to the world of equipment buying.
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