Player Of The Year? The Answer Is Obvious

There seems to be some question about who the 2013 PGA Tour player of the year should be. Let’s take care of that right now. It’s Tiger Woods. It’s possible that Adam Scott or Phil Mickelson could snatch the award from Woods if either of them wins the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup this weekend in Atlanta but that’s what it will take to make this a race. A win by either of them at East Lake could tip the award to them. Mickelson owns the moment of the year with his Sunday 66 at the Open Championship at Muirfield, winning the Claret Jug in the grand way great champions are supposed to do glorious things. It was goosebump stuff and the image of Mickelson ripping a 3-wood second shot into Muirfield’s 17th green on Sunday will be paired along-side his modest leap when he won the 2004 Masters as timeless images of his career. Scott captured the feel-good category with his Masters victory, the sting of his Open Championship loss a year earlier finally having subsided. It was a huge win for a popular and likable guy who was due. To this point, though, Woods has been the best player this year.
He has won five times, including two World Golf Championship events and the Players Championship. That’s not enough? If you took the career achievements of Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Tim Clark and Charles Howell III – four pretty good players – they would almost equal Tiger’s 2013 season. Five wins, including a Players Championship but no WGCs. Tiger learned long ago that he is a victim of his own success. Some tried to downplay his wins at Torrey Pines, Bay Hill, Firestone and Doral this year. He’s won eight times at each of the first three sites and seven times at Doral. Throw in five wins at the Memorial and five Cog Hill (two BMW Championships and three Western Opens) and that’s 41 of his 79 career victories.


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