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Truth & Rumors: Tiger Woods still world's highest-paid athlete

It's going to take more than a few sex scandals to knock Tiger Woods from his perch as the world's highest-paid athlete, according to Forbes.
Woods ranks fifth in the magazine's Celebrity 100, a list of the world's most powerful entertainers and athletes. Oprah Winfrey holds the top spot on the list. After Woods, the highest-ranking athlete is Kobe Bryant, at No. 14. Forbes estimates Woods' take-home pay at $105 million.

Tiger Woods' fall from global sports icon to tabloid fodder was stunning. He saw Accenture, AT&T and Pepsi drop him as a pitchman, but he remains the highest-paid athlete in the world thanks to huge deals with Nike, Electronic Arts and Upper Deck.
Phil Mickelson, the world's No. 2 golfer, is ranked 45th, with his take-home pay estimated at $46 million.O'Hair has homefield advantage at AT&T NationalThe easiest way to start a conversation with Philly-area resident Sean O'Hair is to ask him how the Eagles or Phillies look this season, so it's no surprise he's looking forward to playing at Aronimink in suburban Philadelphia at this week's AT&T National. Joe Juliano of The Philadelphia Inquirer talks to O'Hair about playing a tournament at a club where's he's a member.
[O'Hair] said he loves Aronimink for its practice facilities but has not played the course very much because he'd rather take a cart during a casual round, and Aronimink requires walking.

"I don't think I have a huge advantage," he said. "I know the course a little bit as far as the layout. I know what clubs I'm going to hit off the tees. But as far as greens, which is what that course is all about, I don't know the greens like the back of my hand or anything like that."

Still, O'Hair is probably worth a fantasy start this week. Stray ShotsSome things we noticed while tapping our feet to the new Wales Ryder Cup song...

Paul Azinger was a guest on Sean Hannity's show. No, the Republican Zinger's not running for office, just selling his book. (Via FoxNews)
Cristie Kerr doesn't think we have enough wines from pro golfers yet. (Via The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Before you start awarding the Ryder Cup to Europe this year, think about Justin Rose's meltdown at the Travelers. (Via Bunker Mentality)

Lordy, lordy, Jim Furyk's 40. (Via The Philadelphia Inquirer)

So far, so good for PGA Championship ticket sales. (Via The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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by Kevin Cunningham