This morning, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem ended all of the speculation and announced that the 2013 PGA Tour Player of the Year award will go to Tiger Woods. This is the 11th time that Woods has been voted the best player on the Tour by his peers.
“I don’t think much surprise here, either,” Finchem said in the announcement. The general consensus was that Woods was the only viable option to win the award, but I believed that the race would be a bit closer than most though. Turns out I was wrong. In the end, Tiger’s 2013 resumé was more than enough to earn him yet another piece of hardware to add to the mantle. He won five times in 2013, including the PLAYERS Championship. He also finished first on the money list, second in FedEx Cup points and won the Vardon Trophy and the PGA of America’s points-based Player of the Year award. All in all it wasn’t a bad season for Woods, despite the fact that he failed to pick up a major championship.
Woods was very gracious in the brief statement he made after it was announced that he won the award. “It’s been an incredible year to have won five times,” he said. “It’s just something that’s very humbling.”
“Probably the players just because I’ve only played really well there twice,” said Woods when he was asked about his most significant win of the season. “To put it together this year and to win there against hat quality of a field, it’s a great feeling.”
Congratulations to Woods on winning the Player of the Year award for the 11th time. Now I wonder if we’ll hear any statements from the other four nominees saying that it was an honor to just be nominated.