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Tiger's Sponsors Right to Drop Him: Poll

All this will clearly take quite a bit of effort: Tiger used to be number six on the Davie Brown Index in terms of his attractiveness as a celebrity endorser, he's now 147.

It might come as no surprise then that the largest portion of voters in our recent poll asking, "In light of Tiger's televised apology last week, which sponsors do you think handled their relationship with Woods most prudently?" answered, "Accenture (ACN) and AT&T (T)." Those companies were the first to walk away from Tiger -- and they also walked away with 48.4% of the votes.

Votes in our poll were less supportive of Nike (NKE) and Electronic Arts, (ERTS) both of which have fully backed Tiger. They received 26.9% of the votes.

But the ones that received the least support from our voters were the one that have been trying to have it both ways -- the sponsors that have been hanging out in the shadows, namely, P&G's (PG) Gillette, Tag Heuer, and PepsiCo's (PEP) Gatorade received the least number of votes, at 24.7%.

Interestingly, it appears that Gatorade got the hint. On Dec. 8, when Gatorade announced that it was discontinuing the "Gatorade Tiger Focus" drink, the company said the decision had nothing to with the scandal. Our poll was published on Feb. 20, and ran on the site throughout the past week. On Feb. 26, Gatorade announced that it was dropping Tiger as a Gatorade endorser.

"We no longer see a role for Tiger in our marketing efforts and have ended our relationship," a Gatorade representative said in a statement.

Ouch.

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