Five wins, no majors and three very public rules violations were good enough for Tiger Woods to win the 2013 PGA Tour Player of the Year award on Friday.
Woods was announced as the winner of the player-voted award for the 11th time in his PGA Tour career by commissioner Tim Finchem, beating out Masters champion Adam Scott, Open champion Phil Mickelson, FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson and two-time 2013 winner Matt Kuchar for the honor.
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Tiger Woods won five times in 2013, including a second Players Championship title, two of the three World Golf Championships events, the Farmers Insurance Open and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. In a total of 16 starts, Woods averaged almost $600,000 per event, leading him to winning the PGA Tour money list title for the 10th time in his career. He also took home the Vardon Trophy for adjusted scoring average and the points-based PGA of America Player of the Year award.
Asked in a news conference call about his goals for next season, Woods alluded subtly to the recent debate about the Player of the Year award saying that he hopes to win every time he tees it up. A perfect season would surely end any doubt about who would be the best on the PGA Tour -- and a clean sweep of the 2014 majors would be some kind of record, right? It would also get Tiger Woods to 18 majors, tying Jack Nicklaus for the most in golf history.