First the good news for Tiger Woods: Despite all the hullabaloo over his ever-elongating list of mistresses, it was impossible to deny him his place as the most impressive athlete over the past 10 years.
On Wednesday, The Associated Press named Woods the Athlete of the Decade, and he eclipsed such luminaries as cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, who won the Tour de France six times this decade, and tennis phenom Roger Federer, who won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other man.
Now the bad news: Shortly after the AP honor gave the troubled golfer a welcomed respite from burgeoning tales of his sordid escapades, another bomb dropped. Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren, reportedly confirmed that she will divorce her husband of five years.
"She plans to leave Tiger," one source told People magazine.
Also citing unidentified sources, both ABC News and NBC News reported that divorce is imminent. "Divorce is 100 percent," a source told ABC. "She's not rushing to divorce. She's going to take her sweet time. She wants all the dirty laundry to be out on the table before she signs anything."
While it has been easy to think of Woods in non-athletic terms over the past couple weeks, there was no denying his domination of the sports world over the past decade.
During the period, he won 64 tournaments, including 12 major championships, and he snatched 56 titles on the PGA Tour. Only four of golf's greatest players won more in their entire careers.
Woods netted 56 of the 142 votes cast since last month by editors at U.S. newspapers that are members of The Associated Press. Significantly, most of the ballots were turned in after Woods’ Nov. 27 car accident that triggered the reports of his rampant cheating.