Planet Golf — 27 September 2013 by GW staff and news services
PGA Tour player of the year: Tiger

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Tiger Woods has been voted PGA Tour player of the year for the 11th time.

The PGA Tour announced the results of player voting Friday morning. It doesn’t release the percentage of votes or who finished second. Woods was on the Jack Nicklaus Award ballot with British Open champion Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Adam Scott, FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar.

Jordan Spieth won rookie of the year after starting the season with no tour status and finishing 10th on the money list.

Woods won five times this year — no one else won more than twice.

It’s the third time he has won the award without having won a major. Since the award began in 1990, no one else has won it more than twice.

It is the 10th time in his career Woods has compiled five or more victories. his victories included (in order) the Farmers Insurance Open, World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, THE PLAYERS Championship and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He was the PGA Tour Season leader in FedExCup points and finished second in the season-long FedExCup competition.

“It’s been an incredible year to have won five times,” Woods said. “Fantastic year all around. It’s an incredible feeling to be voted by your peers and have that respect. It’s very humbling.”

Woods also earned his ninth Vardon Trophy for Adjusted Scoring Average (68.985) awarded by the PGA of America and his 10th Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR’s leading official money winner ($8,553,439).

With 79 career victories, Woods enters the 2013-14 PGA Tour Season three wins shy of Sam Snead’s all-time PGA Tour record of 82.

Spieth made history at the John Deere Classic where he became the youngest player (19 years, 11 months and 18 days) to win on the PGA Tour since Ralph Guldahl (19 years, 8 months, 3 days) at the 1931 Santa Monica Open.

In 23 starts, Spieth tied Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas for most top-10 finishes on Tour with nine, including runner-up finishes at the Puerto Rico Open by, Wyndham Championship and the TOUR Championship. He finished seventh in the FedExCup and became the youngest player in Tour Championship history at 20 years, 1 month and 26 days.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” Spieth said. “It’s been a great year for rookies on the PGA Tour.”

No. 810 in the Official World Golf Ranking after a missed cut at the Farmers Insurance Open in January in his first professional PGA Tour start, Spieth is currently 21st in the OWGR.
On September 4, Spieth was named a Captain’s Pick by Fred Couples to the U.S. Presidents Cup Team. The Presidents Cup 2013 takes place next week at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

Spieth was voted PGA Tour Rookie of the Year over Derek Ernst, Russell Henley and David Lingmerth.


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