Tiger Woods remains number one
By mustang6560 on 5/17/12
Despite his off-course image and on-course struggles (as of late), Tiger Woods remains the most powerful athlete on the planet, according to Forbes.
No athlete moves the needle like Woods does. When Woods shot a final round 62 at the Honda Classic earlier this month, ratings surged 78% versus the prior year. Woods broke his 30-month winless streak on the PGA Tour when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. Ratings for the final round jumped 129%. Woods has maintained this level of impact for 15 years since he won his first Masters in 1997.
The magazine just released its latest The World's Most Powerful Celebrities list and Tiger finished a couple strokes outside the top 10. But, even at number 12, the former world number one is still the highest ranked athlete on the list. He finished ahead of LeBron James (#15), Kobe Bryant (#27), Roger Federer (#31) and David Beckham (#32).

Even though he did not have any professional wins in 2011 (the Chevron World Challenge was not officially sanctioned) and his endorsement portfolio was modest (to say the least), Forbes estimates Tiger raked in a cool $58 million.

Phil Mickelson finished inside the top 50 at number 48 with an estimated earnings of $48 million.

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