For the last week, I’ve spent time going over the chances that Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar and Adam Scott each have to win the PGA Tour‘s Player Of The Year award. Of course, each of those players has multiple championships in 2013, Mickelson and Scott both won historic majors, and Stenson won the FedEx Cup after dominating the last two months of the Tour schedule.
Of course, all that will inevitably pale in comparison to the harsh reality – Tiger Woods is going to win the Tour’s top award in dominating fashion on Friday.
Woods has already taken home his share of hardware this year. In addition to his return to the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings, Woods won a remarkable five times in just 16 starts on Tour. Among those victories were two World Golf Championships and the Players Championship. It’s certainly no consolation to Woods, but winning three of the biggest non-major tournaments on the schedule in one year is an incredible achievement. He also led the money list and still had a chance at the FedEx Cup, despite a relatively poor finish to the season.
The only thing that can really keep Woods from his 11th Player Of The Year title is the simple fact that he expects much bigger things out of himself, and in turn so do the rest of us. If any of the other players up for the award – or any other player at all – had the year Woods had in 2013, we’d be hailing them as the next Tiger Woods. It’s a remarkable standard to be held to, but when you’re the greatest player in the world, these things happen.
In the end, it although all five of the candidates have incredible qualifications and would deserve the award, Woods should easily win.