Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson crack top 10 in ESPN 'World Fame 100'

Apr 3, 2018; Augusta, GA, USA; Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson walk down the 11th fairway during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National GC. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY Sports

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson crack top 10 in ESPN 'World Fame 100'

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Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson crack top 10 in ESPN 'World Fame 100'

Tiger Woods continues to be among the top 10 athletic attractions around the world, according to ESPN’s third annual “World Fame 100” list released Tuesday.

Woods finished sixth on the list, which is determined by a secret formula measuring Google trend score, endorsement money and social media impact. Woods missed nearly 10 months of golf following his fourth back surgery, in April of 2017, before making a semi-regular return to the PGA Tour earlier this year.

In his eight events since teeing off a Torrey Pines in January, Woods has both exceeded expectations (see Bay Hill and Valspar) and fallen frustratingly short (see the Masters and Wells Fargo). He had four top-12 finishes in his first seven starts.

It was a year ago on Memorial Day when Woods was arrested on a DUI charge in Florida. Since then, he has undergone rehab, had his case adjudicated, and returned to the PGA Tour with a healthy, if not always straight, swing.

According to ESPN’s numbers, he logged an 88 search score, collected $45 million in endorsements and has a social following of 6.3 million.

Woods is joined by Phil Mickelson in the top 10. Lefty ended a nearly five-year-long PGA Tour winless streak with his playoff victory in the World Golf Championship-Mexico event in March.

His lofty spot on the ESPN list was nearly all the result of his $50 million in endorsements. Mickelson and Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu are the only athletes out of the 100 on the list with 0 social following. Lefty’s search score is a paltry 3.

Cristiano Ronaldo topped the ESPN list (100 search score,  $40 million in endorsements, 121.7 million social following) and Cleveland’s LeBron James was second. Fellow soccer players Lionel Messi, Neymar and tennis star Roger Federer round out the top five.

Rory McIlroy (15) and Jordan Spieth (16) also cracked the top 20.

McIlroy missed this year’s shot at a career Grand Slam at the Masters. Spieth and Jack Nicklaus are the only two golfers ever to win three of the four majors before turning 24. Spieth gets his chance at the career Grand Slam at the PGA Championship on August.

Among the other golfers on the list: Justin Rose was 69th; Sergio Garcia was 73rd and Rickie Fowler was 87th.

Michelle Wie was the lone female golfer listed at No. 97.

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