Despite being shut out of major championships so far this season, Tiger Woods has retained the top position in the race for the 2007 PGA Player of the Year and Vardon Trophy.
Woods, a three-event winner this year, has collected 70 points to lead the hunt for a ninth PGA Player of the Year Award and a seventh Vardon Trophy.
Woods leads the money list and scoring list after completing 43 rounds for an adjusted scoring average of 68.60. He is followed by Phil Mickelson, who has recorded two Tour victories and has a total of 58 points. Vijay Singh sits alone in third place in the PGA Player of the Year race with 54 points.
A minimum of 60 rounds is required to qualify for the Vardon Trophy, which recognizes a player’s season scoring excellence. Mickelson and Masters Champion Zach Johnson are out of the Vardon Trophy race due to incomplete rounds at The Memorial. Both Mickelson and Johnson were penalized .10 in the scoring average category that makes up one segment of the PGA Player of the Year standings.
The PGA of America has honored the game’s best players with The PGA Player of the Year Award since 1948. The Award is currently presented to the top touring professional based on a point system for tournament wins, official money standings and scoring averages. Points are tabulated from Jan. 7, through The Disney Classic, which concludes Nov. 4.
Since 1937, The Vardon Trophy, named in honor of famed British golfer Harry Vardon, is awarded annually to the touring professional with the lowest adjusted scoring average. It is based on a minimum of 60 rounds, with no incomplete rounds, in events co-sponsored or designated by the PGA Tour.
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2007 PGA Player of the Year Standings
Through the British Open Championship and U.S. Bank Championship, ending 7/22/07
1. Tiger Woods 30 20 20 70
(Buick Invitational, WGC-CA Championship, Wachovia Championship)
2. Phil Mickelson 30 18 10 58
(AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, The Players Championship)
3. Vijay Singh 20 16 18 54
(Mercedes Benz Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational)
4. Zach Johnson 40 12 52
(The Masters, AT&T Classic)
5. K.J. Choi 20 14 4 38
(The Memorial, AT&T National)
T6. Angel Cabrera 30 30
T7. Padraig Harrington 30 30
8. Jim Furyk 8 16 24
9. Sergio Garcia 10 10 20
10. Rory Sabbatini 10 6 16
(Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial)
2007 Vardon Trophy Standings
Player Rounds Avg.
1. Tiger Woods 43 68.60
2. Vijay Singh 78 69.12
3. Jim Furyk 62 69.40
4. Ernie Els 39 69.41
5. Justin Rose 41 69.43
6. Sergio Garcia 46 69.60
T7. Steve Stricker 57 69.64
T7. David Toms 65 69.64
9. K.J. Choi 66 69.71
10. Jerry Kelly 69 69.80