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Tiger Woods named PGA Tour Player of the Year
The PGA Tour announced on Friday that Tiger Woods -- for the 11th time in his career -- has been named the Player of the Year.
Jordan Spieth was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
PGA Tour members who played in at least 12 official money events in 2013 were eligible to vote following the conclusion of the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola.The balloting process ended on Sept. 26.
“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, my congratulations to Tiger and Jordan for their impressive performances in 2013,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “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. The member vote reflects the respect their peers have for both players.”
While Woods didn't capture a major championship in 2013, it was still a remarkable season. His five victories were three more than anyone else on the PGA Tour. Woods didn't miss a single cut in 16 starts and walked away with eight top-10 finishes overall.
Spieth, meanwhile, began the year with no status on the PGA Tour, relying on sponsor's exemptions for starts.
Spieth made history at the John Deere Classic where he became the youngest player (19 years, 11 months and 18 days) to win on the PGA Tour since Ralph Guldahl (19 years, 8 months, 3 days) at the 1931 Santa Monica Open.
In his 23 starts, Spieth tied Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas for most top-10 finishes on Tour with nine, including runner-up finishes in three events.
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