Along with his five wins on the PGA Tour, Woods heroics at the Masters (which saw him win his fourth straight major championship) was relegated behind baseballs Barry Bonds (136 points) and cyclings Lance Armstrong (127 points).
With 43 points, the 25-year-old top-ranked golfer ended in third along with Ichiro Suzuki, the American Leagues MVP in 01.
Bonds win was not surprising as the San Francisco Giant eclipsed Mark McGwires home-run record for the season with 73. He also broke Babe Ruths record for most walks in a season with 177 and moved to seventh in career home runs with 567.
Armstrong successfully took his third straight Tour de France.
Prior to this year, Woods had taken the honors over the last two seasons, winning the Associated Press award in 99 and 00.
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