Tiger Woods has officially lost his spot as the most powerful athlete in the world, according to Bloomberg Business Week's annual Power 100 ranking. Colts quarterback and American advertising sweetheart Peyton Manning took over the top spot, with snowboarder Shaun White grabbing second place and Woods sliding into the third spot.
"Sex scandals tend to hurt earnings and unquestionably damaged Woods' performance," said Bloomberg Business Week, "Unless he can regain his game – and the trust of fans and advertisers – his earnings are likely to keep plummeting."
Woods has lost a number of high profile endorsements in the last year, including those with Gillette, AT&T, Accenture, and Gatorade. Regardless, he still pulled in over $70 million in endorsements. Phil Mickelson, the next pro golfer on the list, made $53.8 million. Kaymer could pass Westwood in Qatar For the first time in 18 years, two Europeans are competing as the top two players in the world. This week at the Qatar Masters, world No. 1 Lee Westwood could be unseated by the reigning PGA Champion and second-ranked player in the world Martin Kaymer. In fact, if Kaymer wins the event, as he did recently in Abu Dhabi, he's assured the top spot, unless Westwood comes in second. According to the British superstar, however, he feels no pressure to hold onto the top spot in the world.
"It was a reward for having played well. You get to the top position by being consistent. I'm happy that I have been able to do that. I have learnt not to expect anything. I play each week as it comes. Whoever is good enough will be there at the top."
The last time two Europeans battled as the the world's top two was in 1993, when Nick Faldo and Bernahrd Langer clashed at the Irish Open. Random News * Home of the famed Blue Monster, Doral Golf Resort has landed in bankruptcy court.
* Rory McIlroy confirmed that he will skip this year's Players Championship with this tweet:
"For everyone who is interested, the reason I'm not playing TPC this year is because I've never thought the golf course has set up that well for me. Hence 2 missed cuts in 2 years. I have no sort of vendetta against Tim Finchem or the PGA Tour, I love playing in the US and have always found the people very welcoming. I'm sure one day I'll join the PGA tour again, but right now I want to put all my efforts into Europe and the race to Dubai. Hope this clears a few things up!"
Tweet of the day: @geoff_ogilvy: I know it is a lot colder in a lot of other places right now, but pampered pros used to summer all year are not well prepared for this