Things are looking up for Tiger Woods in 2013. First he won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, and now comes news that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong [right] and Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o have replaced Woods and NFL quarterback Michael Vick atop Forbes' latest ranking of America's Most Disliked Athletes.
Still, Woods hasn't dropped as far down the list as you might expect--he appeals to just 19 percent of the public, according to Forbes--given his problems began way back in 2009. According to the Forbes.com, "His image hasn't improved that much since his highly publicized infidelity problems of a few years ago, in part because he hasn't won much."
Say this for Woods: At least his girlfriends were real. As for Armstrong, who finally admitted to taking PEDs, and Te'o, whose girlfriend-with-cancer story turned out to be a hoax:
The latest public surveys from Nielsen/E-Poll show Te’o and Armstrong in a virtual dead heat for the dubious title of America’s most disliked athlete (though we give the nod to Armstrong based on higher name recognition, which gives his score a bit more heft). Each appeals to just 15% of the public, according to Nielsen’s polling, which it conducts on a rolling basis with the help of E-Poll, an Encino, Calif.-based market research firm. Candidates were limited to active athletes with a minimum of 10% awareness (Armstrong is now barred from officially sanctioned events, but still competes as an athlete, hence for all practical purposes he is active).
Photo: Lance Armstrong speaks at a charity event in Austin, Texas, in October 2012 (Getty Images).