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Our third annual ranking of the biggest names in sports

To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with 600 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 68 countries. ESPN's Sports Analytics Group then ranked them based on a proprietary formula that took into account three fame factors.


ESPN World Fame 100: The stories around our 2018 list

This year's ESPN World Fame 100 is a compilation of the biggest names in sports. Here is everything you need to know about our list, from the newcomers to our methodology to some who might have not cracked the Top 100 but are still making an impact.

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U.S. Open Prep

U.S. Open checklist: Where the best players stand a month out

Just how ready are Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods and others for next month's U.S. Open? We go through the list.

Must See

Tiger Woods' long-drive contest with Troy Mullins

Troy Mullins is a champion on the World Long Drive tour, and Tiger Woods is, well, Tiger Woods. This had all the makings for an epic competition.

Tiger 'drops the mic' after drive challenge

Tiger Woods gets challenged to a long drive contest and crushes his shot off the tee, and then walks away and "drops the mic."


Webb simpson wins the players championship

Webb Simpson lost his putter, his game ... then found it

Golf changed the rules and took away Webb Simpson's putter. He couldn't make anything. Clearly, with his Players Championship rout, he's rolling again.

Simpson emotional with win on Mother's Day

Webb Simpson said his win at The Players Championship was "a little beacon of light" for his mother after Simpson's father died last year.


Simpson's caddy: Players title will mean more than U.S. Open

Paul Tesori, Webb Simpson's caddy, describes their win at The Players Championship, and where it stacks up against Simpson's U.S. Open title.

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The Players: Wrap-Up

Tiger splashes on the 17th hole

Koepka cans albatross from 208 yards out

PGA Tour

How'd you get so lucky to be the sign bearer in THIS group?! "I don't know!?" She smiled and shrugged.

Michael Collins, ESPN Senior Writer9d ago

PGA Tour

106 caddies tried, 67 caddies hit it in the water. Austin Kaiser, caddie for Xander Schauffele, hit it to 7'2" and won! He gets cash, a money clip, and the best parking this week.

Michael Collins, ESPN Senior Writer12d ago

Pratima's Dream

Nepal’s first female pro golfer

From maintenance shed to aspiring pro, Pratima Sherpa chases her dream.

Raised on a golf course in Nepal, Sherpa aspires to become her country's first female professional golfer.

Aspiring Nepalese golfer gets lesson from Tiger

Pratima Sherpa's journey to become Nepal's first female golf pro got an unexpected boost from Tiger Woods, who gave the 18-year-old a 30-minute lesson in Florida.

Tiger draws inspiration from Nepalese golfer Pratima Sherpa

Pratima Sherpa, a teenage golfer from Nepal, realizes her dream of meeting Tiger Woods.


Essay winner thrilled playing Pro-Am with Woods

Shahbaz Hashmi, who played with Tiger Woods in Wednesday's Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am, said Woods is "the reason I play golf." Hashmi earned the right to play with Woods by winning an essay contest for The First Tee Program.

Shahbaz Hashmi, 17, earned the right through the First Tee program to play with his idol Tiger Woods in the Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am. He says Woods "is the reason" he plays golf. But the thrill of today's round?

David Newton, ESPN Staff Writer20d ago


College football coach's hijinx

Swinney pranks Mullen with exploding golf ball

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney pulls a fast one on Florida coach Dan Mullen with a trick golf ball that explodes into a cloud of dust on Mullen's swing.



Can't wait for the next golf major? Here's a quick post-Masters primer

From Shinnecock to Carnoustie to Bellerive, 2018's remaining golf majors will be anything but easy. Bob Harig looks ahead to the challenging summer lineup.

Tiger officially files entry to play U.S. Open

After finishing tied for 32nd at the Masters, Tiger Woods has officially filed his entry to play in the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015.

The Masters

From 3 miles away, Patrick Reed's family wept as they watched him win the Masters

They wanted to be there in person. They wanted to hug their son and big brother, but instead, Patrick Reed's parents and sister hugged one another at the family home, so close yet so far from the site of Reed's biggest professional achievement.

Patrick Reed doesn't care what you think, he's the Masters champion

Rory McIlroy tried mind games. Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth pushed their opponent to the breaking point. Even fans were against the local leader. But Patrick Reed brushed them all aside to win his first major, at Augusta no less.

Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and their two different Augusta Nationals

For Rory McIlroy, this place holds nothing but bad memories, moments when he has failed. For Jordan Spieth, it is the exact opposite, a prized piece of real estate that brings out his best. An uncomfortable truth for Rory, a peaceful reminder for Jordan.

Masters Highlights

Reed receives green jacket

2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia places the green jacket on this year's champion, Patrick Reed. Reed thanks his wife, family and fans for their continued support.


Hoffman sinks hole-in-one on 16th hole

Charley Hoffman delivers a memorable hole-in-one on the 16th hole.


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