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Tiger Woods win Reuters sports award

Tiger Woods, who won the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship in 2000, has been voted Reuters sportsman of the year.

"Over 12 months, his achievements outshine every other sportsman," said Donald Walker at The Scotsman.

Woods was the clear winner with 139 points out of a maximum of 250. German Formula One champion Michael Schumacher clinched second place with 73 points just ahead of Britain's gold medal-winning rower Steve Redgrave who bagged 67.

Fourth place went to Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband (56) while Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, last year's Reuters sports personality of the year, finished fifth (48).

Fifty sports editors and journalists from 37 countries nominated up to five sportsmen. Each first place choice was awarded five points, the second-placed four points and so on.

For many who took part, the year belonged to Tiger Woods.

In all he won nine U.S. titles, the best return since Sam Snead's 11 of 50 years ago, and matched Ben Hogan's achievement of winning three of the four majors to become the youngest man, at 24, and only the fifth ever, to complete a career grand slam.

"Tiger Woods continues to astonish," said Roger Crutchley at the Bangkok Post. "Winning three out of four majors this year just does not tell it all.

"For the first time in golfing history, you have a situation in which one player is clear favourite to win every time he plays."

The American touched perfection in winning the U.S. Open by a record 15 strokes and the British Open by eight, the latter in a record 19-under-par.

 


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