Everyone knows Tiger Woods has been anointed Player of the Year for 2013.
In the minds of the nominators, his five victories surpass Phil Mickelson’s two wins, including a major, Henrik Stenson’s two victories plus the FedEx Cup and Adam Scott’s two victories that include a major.
Not that it matters but Henrick also won the DP World Tour Championship, the European money Title and finishe second on the PGA Tour moeny list.
I’ll bet if you could have a beer around the pool with Tiger he would stop saying, “It’s a process. I’m improving and I’m starting to hit a lot of good shots. My putting is OK. When I start making a few, I think I’ll win.”
Of course he will
Everybody who has ever won any championship sinks a few more putts than they normally do. What I’d like to ask him is, “Which of the three above-mentioned players would you trade seasons with?”
My money is on Mickelson or Scott. Stenson won all the money, but Tiger already earns a ton of cash.
Mickelson became the Champion Golfer of the Year and Scott added his name on the sterling silver clubhouse trophy for playing the easiest course in the world for Tiger to win on.
Tiger Woods has been controversial since he appeared on the Mike Douglas Show at age two. He is the only golfer to win three consecutive U.S. Junior championships and three consecutive U. S. Amateur championships.
In 2000, he literally made a mockery of scoring records and titles. Perhaps his Player of the Year Award in 2013 is in partial recognition of his lifetime of achievement.
On the other hand, Phil and Adam “only” won twice each. Would a third trophy have been enough to make a difference, since each won a major?
Any and all subjective decisions will be analyzed to death, but what about the 2013 year-ending stats for the PGA Tour?
On the subject of great years, Inbee Park won three majors on the LPGA Tour. Doesn’t that overshadow everyone else?
Other people had fantastic seasons in the U.S.
How about Bob Sowards, a club professional in Ohio? He won the PGA of America’s Match Play Championship and Stroke Play Championship.
The Arizona Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship was won by Kim Eaton. She also won the Arizona Women’s Senior Match Play Championship and the California Women’s Senior Championship.
Other players including Kareen Markl,, Chase Hanna, Sydney Snodgrass and Denny McCarthy made their names in the amateur ranks, the point being that I would be quite happy if there was no such thing as Player of the Year when decided by a vote.
In my opinion, it is right up there with the World Golf Hall of Fame in subjective votes — we like Freddie Couples, but ignore Mark O’Meara or Davis Love III.