For the first time since April 1997, the week before he won the Masters for his first major, Tiger Woods will slip out of the top ten in the world rankings next Monday. Meanwhile, he’s still the most powerful athlete in the world, according to Forbes‘ latest rankings of the most powerful celebrities.
Tiger turns up at No. 6, behind Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, U2 and Elton John. Forbes estimated Tiger’s total earnings last year to amount to $75 million, making him the highest-paid athlete. The second-ranked athlete following Tiger is Lebron James at No. 10 and the second-highest paid is Kobe Bryant.
Woods won’t be able to boost his rating on the golf course anytime soon. He started the year No. 2, but has been losing points since the post-hydrant era. His last win came in November 2009 at the Australian Masters, just a week before his life-changing fender bender.
Tiger withdrew from The Players last week due to injuries to his left knee and Achilles tendon. Earlier this week he announced on his website that he hopes to recover in time for the US Open at Congressional next month.
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