So much for the notion that Tiger Woods’ brushes with the rules this year and his failure to win a major championship would cost him when player of the year ballots were sent to his peers.
Woods won his 11th PGA Tour player of the year award today while Jordan Spieth was named the rookie of the year.
It was the right call in both categories.
Woods won five times in 2013, including two World Golf Championships and the Players Championship, more than twice as many wins as any other player. Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott had two wins apiece including a major championship but the catalog of Woods’ season was overwhelming.
He had the most wins, won the Vardon Trophy and was the leading money winner.
Think of it this way – had Mickelson or Scott had the same season, would there be any question as to who was player of the year?
Didn’t think so.
“It’s also an incredible feeling to be voted by your peers. To have that kind of respect is very humbling,” Woods said on a conference call.
As for Spieth, his award was as obvious as his future is bright.
“Just a great feeling,” Spieth said.
And he’s just getting started.