Tiger Woods has scoffed at ESPN's 'Who's Now' poll, which he won last month, insisting David Beckham and football are the biggest things on the planet.
But Woods said: "It's pretty funny actually. As far as world athletes, I don't see how Beckham didn't beat me.
"As far as global figures, he's probably far more global than I am.
"Golf is not truly played all around the world, it's played in most places, but not like soccer or football is.
"I think that whole "Who's Now" was just about in America. If it had gone globally, it would have probably been different."
There were a couple of other international athletes in the ESPN competition but neither fared any better than Beckham.
Barcelona's Brazilian international Ronaldinho was ousted in the first round by Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Roger Federer, the top tennis player in the world, was unable to get past San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker in a first-round match.