Tomorrow afternoon, the PGA Tour will announce it’s 2013 Player Of The Year. While the PGA of America has already awarded it’s own points-based title to Tiger Woods, the player vote for the Tour’s version of the MVP may not be as much of a slam dunk for the world’s No. 1 player. Who could prevent Woods from winning for the 11th time in his career? In my opinion, it could well be Adam Scott.
Scott and Woods each played in 16 events in 2013. Much has been made of Woods’s five victories, and rightly so. However, what could give Scott the edge is his win at Augusta National, the place Woods wants to win more than any other on the planet.
Scott’s dramatic Masters win over Angel Cabrera in April launched one of the best seasons of his career. Following his win at the Barclays to kick off the FedEx Cup playoffs, he was also the only major winner this year to enter the Tour Championship in the top five of the points standings, guaranteeing him the season title with a victory.
Even though Scott’s career resume obviously pales in comparison to that of Woods, when the most pressure was on – the majors – it was Scott who found the ability to play through the nerves and come out on top. In 2013 majors, Scott had three top fives and a victory. Woods earned his only top-five finish at Augusta following the infamous two-stroke penalty, but struggled mightily at Merion and Oak Hill.
Woods is well-known for building his schedule to peak at the majors. Although he wants to win every tournament he enters, it’s obvious that those four weeks are what truly matters to him. After watching Scott’s run in this year’s majors, maybe Woods isn’t the runaway favorite it seems to so many.