Woods named PGA Tour player of the Year

Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:15pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Tiger Woods was named on Friday as the PGA Tour's Player of the Year for a record 11th time with fellow-American Jordan Spieth voted rookie of the year.

Both awards were determined by votes cast by tour members who played in at least 12 official money events in 2013.

"Tiger's five wins came against some of the strongest fields in golf including the Players and two World Golf Championships, while Jordan's rookie season was historic in terms of his accomplishments for a player just 20 years old," said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem in a statement.

"The member vote reflects the respect their peers have for both players."

Woods, 37, won five of his first 11 events in a spectacular start to the year, winning the Farmers Insurance Open, the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Players Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone.

World number one Woods said winning the award remained a special achievement for him, especially as he has battled back from knee and back ailments to thrive once again on the tour.

"I've had to work my way back from injuries on numerous occasions throughout the years," Woods said. "These last couple years is no exception to that.

"There were a lot of people saying I could never win again, and two years later I've got eight wins on our tour. I'm very proud of where I've come from, from being ranked outside the top 50 to being ranked where I am now, and to have had the success that I've had this year just makes it all the more rewarding."

His 2013 ledger also included a second-place finish in the FedExCup series but was in some ways still disappointing to the American.   Continued...

 
Tiger Woods of the U.S. catches a ball before his putt from his caddie on the second hole in the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Tami Chappell