Adam Scott voted Player of the Year by Golf Writers Association of America
Adam Scott edged Tiger Woods by a mere five votes to be named the Male Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America, the GWAA announced on Thursday. The choice was hardly as close elsewhere as Inbee Park (Female Player of the Year) and Kenny Perry (Senior Player of the Year) each gathered 91 percent of the 220 votes to take their honors.
Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters in April, then added a FedExCup playoff victory at The Barclays. Those two victories lagged behind the five titles won by Woods, which earned Woods the Player of the Year honors from both The PGA of America and his colleagues on the PGA Tour.
But the GWAA, which has honored Woods 10 times in the past as its Player of the Year, takes into consideration play around the globe. In addition to his two wins in the United States, Scott won the Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Masters in back-to-back weeks, then teamed with Jason Day to win the team portion of the World Cup of Golf the following week, and lost the Australian Open by a single stroke to Rory McIlroy the week after that.
For the year, Scott – who is ranked second in the world behind Woods – played 20 tournaments worldwide, won four of them, finished in the top-3 eight times, had a remarkable 10 top-10 finishes and never missed a cut. In addition to his win at the Masters, Scott tied for third at the British Open and tied for fifth at the PGA Championship.
''It is an honor to be recognized as the most consistent male golfer of 2013 and it is appreciated to have the respect of the Golf Writers of America. Thank you,'' said Scott from Maui, where he's preparing to kick off his 2013-14 PGA Tour season at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
The 25-year-old Park scripted one of the most compelling golf stories in 2013 by stringing together victories in the season's first three majors – the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the Wegmans LPGA Championship, and the U.S. Women's Open. Her bid for a Grand Slam came up short when she tied for 42nd at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. She finished the year with six victories, the LPGA Tour money title and the No. 1 spot in the LPGA Tour's Player of the Year standings.
''Last year was a year that I could never forget,'' said Park, who finished well ahead of Stacy Lewis in the balloting. ''I was able to put my name among the greatest players around the world. Now, on top of that, I am being recognized and honored by golf writers. They are those who know what has just happened last year in every detail. I can almost say that they know me better than I know myself. That's why this honor is very special and means a lot to me.''
Perry had three wins on the Champions Tour, two of them majors – the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship and the U.S. Senior Open. He also earned the season-long Schwab Cup Championship and easily won the GWAA honor over Bernhard Langer.
''It is my highest honor, from the players or the writers, to be named player of the year,'' said Perry. ''Here I am at 53 doing stuff I probably shouldn’t be doing, I’m so honored that the writers are paying attention to me.''
The winners will be honored April 9 at the annual GWAA Awards Dinner in Augusta, Ga., the night before the start of the Masters.