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Tiger Woods voted Athlete of the Decade

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2009 | 9:34 AM

Tiger Woods has been voted Athlete of the Decade by US sports editors, four days after he announced a break from golf to try to save his marriage.

Woods got 56 of the 142 votes in the Associated Press poll, followed by Lance Armstrong and Roger Federer.

More than half of the ballots were returned after the car crash at Woods\' Florida mansion, which led to a series of revelations about his private life.

Woods has apologised for \"infidelity\" and vowed to be a \"better person.\"

The award is recognition for a sportsman who has single-handedly dominated his sport throughout the decade.

The 33-year-old Woods has won 64 tournaments worldwide since 2000, including 12 majors. His overall tally of 14 leaves him four behind Jack Nicklaus.