Fifty sports editors and journalists from 37 different countries around the globe voted on the their top-five sportsmen of the year, with their first choice receiving five points, their second getting four, and so on.
Woods won in dominant fashion with 139 points out of a possible 250 available. In second place was Formula One driver Michael Schumacher with 73 points, and in third was Steve Redgrave, a gold-medalist rower from Britian. Redgrave was the recipient of 67 points.
For the year, Woods won nine PGA Tour titles, the most since Sam Snead in 1950, three of which were major championships (U.S. Open, British Open and the PGA Championship). In the process, he became the youngest man to win the career grand slam at 24 years of age.