Tiger Woods is falling on Forbes' Most Influential leaderboard, too
Tiger Woods is falling on Forbes' Most Influential leadeboard too
By Cameron DaSilvaBack9Network
Tiger Woods made his return to competitive golf this past weekend at the Quicken Loans National, but didn't exactly have the showing he wanted. He missed the cut for just the 10th time in his decorated career, finishing 7-over-par in his two rounds.
The 14-time major champion came in at No. 21 (well, a tie at 21 with Calvin Harris), down a few spots from being No. 15 a year ago. Phil Mickelson was also on the list, coming in at No. 44, up from being ranked 52nd in 2013.
Woods' dip in the rankings may come as somewhat of a surprise seeing as he was named Player of the Year on the PGA Tour in 2013. He also won five PGA Tour events in 2013, three more than any other golfer. But only one victory came after June 1, 2013. Forbes pulled its numbers from that date last year until June 1, 2014.
While most celebs would be more than happy to crack the top 25 like Woods, it's probably not where he wants to see his name. From 2001 to 2010, Woods found his name in the top five each time. Since then, his name has fallen down the rankings every year:
Not exactly the direction he wants to be trending, but this ranking isn't necessarily a measure of his success on the course, where it matters most. Woods is fifth among athletes, coming in behind LeBron James, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Kobe Bryant and Roger Federer.
Meanwhile, Mickelson has been a staple in the top 50 for much of his career. His ranking of 52 in 2013 was the first time his name has fallen out of the top 50 since he was No. 62 in 2004.
I don't know if we'll ever see the day where Mickelson, or any golfer, passes Woods on this list, but it's great to see two golfers on it year in and year out.