By peoplestaff225
Updated June 19, 1998 12:00 AM
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Sports stars past and present came out to celebrate athletic achievements at the Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year awards last night in Manhattan, where trophies went to such Summer Olympic medalists as swimmers Jenny Thompson and Lenny Krayzelburg, and tennis players Venus Williams and Serena Williams. Boxers Sugar Ray Leonard and Joe Frazier also mingled among the crowd. Still, it was Tiger Woods who took home the ultimate crown of the Sportsman of the Year (for a record second time in four years). “This has been a wonderful year. I made a few putts, some in the dark,” said Woods, who this year had 10 tournament victories (nine of them on the PGA tour) and completed a career Grand Slam. Before the ceremony, the evening’s entertainer, singer Marc Anthony, admitted to PEOPLE that he only watches golf when Woods is playing. “He is just amazing. The way he has been able to come back time after time and how intimidating he is on the golf course. Even just his presence makes other golfers change their game plan.” As for finally meeting his idol, Anthony said, “I just hope that when I shake his hand something rubs off.”