Golf News for Friday, September 27, 2013 | Awards

Tiger Woods again earns Player of the Year Award and Vardon Trophy

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Tiger Woods, a five-time winner on Tour this year, captured his 11th PGA of America Player of the Year Award and ninth Vardon Trophy, The PGA of America's premier season-ending awards for excellence by a Tour professional. It was the first time since 2009 that Woods earned both PGA of America awards.

Completing his 16th full season as a Tour professional, Woods won The Players Championship and two World Golf Championships among his five victories; finished as the No. 1 money leader; and won the Vardon Trophy by posting the lowest adjusted season scoring average (68.98).

Woods collected 100 overall points, while Masters Champion Adam Scott was next with 64. Henrik Stenson, winner of the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup, shared third at 54 points, along with U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose and Open Champion Phil Mickelson.

Tour rookie Jordan Spieth finished ninth in the PGA Player of the Year standings, after placing eight in scoring and 10th on the season money list.

Woods claimed the Vardon Trophy by completing the Tour Championship, finishing his regular Tour campaign with 61 complete rounds, one above the minimum required 60 to be considered for the award.

Woods' 60 overall victory points were based upon wins in the Farmers Insurance Open, the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Players Championship (worth 20 points) and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Woods earned 20 points as the No. 1 money leader, and 20 more points for adjusted scoring average.

Scott also won the Barclays Championship, was fourth in scoring (69.34), and sixth on the money list.

The PGA of America has honored the game's best players with The PGA Player of the Year Award since 1948. The award is 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. 1, through the Tour Championship, which concluded Sept. 22.

Since 1937, the Vardon Trophy, named by The PGA of America 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. The adjusted score is computed from the average score of the field at each event.

The PGA Tour also recognizes its annual Player of the Year, with the winner determined by a vote of the membership. The voting period commences after the conclusion of The Tour Championship. The Player of the Year, who receives the Jack Nicklaus Trophy, will be announced prior to the start of the 2013-14 season.

Additionally, the Tour recognizes a Rookie of the Year, also determined by a vote among Tour members. In select years, a PGA Tour Courage Award will be presented to a player who, through courage and perseverance, has overcome extraordinary adversity to make a significant and meaningful contribution to the game of golf.

The recipient of this award will be selected by the Commissioner and the Tour's Player Directors.

Other season-ending honors to be announced by the PGA Tour include the Arnold Palmer Award for the leading money-winner and the Byron Nelson Award, presented to the player with the lowest adjusted scoring average (minimum of 50 official rounds).

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

2013 Final PGA Player of the Year Standings
(Ending 9/22/13)

Player Victory Points Money Points Scoring Points Bonus Points Total Points
1. Tiger Woods 560 20 20 -- 91000
(Farmers Insurance Open, WGC-Cadillac Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational, Players Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational)
2. Adam Scott 40 10 14 -- 64
(The Masters, Barclays Championship)
T3. Henrik Stenson 20 18 16 -- 54
(Deutsche Bank Championship, Tour Championship)
T3. Phil Mickelson 40 14 -- -- 54
(Waste Management Phoenix Open, Open Championship)
T3. Justin Rose 30 6 18 -- 54
(U.S. Open)
6. Matt Kuchar 20 16 10 -- 46
(Accenture Match Play Championship, Memorial Tournament)
7. Brandt Snedeker 20 12 -- -- 32
(AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, RBC Canadian Open)
8. Jason Dufner 30 -- -- -- 30
(PGA Championship)
9. Jordan Spieth 10 6 2 -- 18
(John Deere Classic)
10. Zach Johnson 10 4 -- -- 14
(BMW Championship)

Since 1948, The PGA of America has honored the game's best players with The PGA Player of the Year Award. 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. 1 through the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, ending Nov. 11. In addition, 50 bonus points are awarded to players with more than one major championship in the same year, and an additional 25 points for each additional major championship.

2013 Final Vardon Trophy Standings
(Through 9/22/13)

Player Rounds Avg.
1. Tiger Woods 61 68.98
2. Justin Rose 62 69.26
3. Henrik Stenson 65 69.28
4. Adam Scott 61 69.34
5. Sergio Garcia 65 69.583
6. Matt Kuchar 93 69.589
7. Charl Schwartzel 69 69.68
8. Jordan Spieth 82 69.69
9. Keegan Bradley 88 69.75
10. Jason Day 86 69.76

Points are distributed based on the sum of the following:

A) Tournament victories Points
PGA Championship 30
U.S. Open 30
British Open 30
Masters 30
The Players Championship 20

All other PGA Tourevents, including World Championships series 10
In addition, 50 bonus points are awarded to players with more than one major championship in the same year, and an additional 25 points for each additional major championship.

B) Money winnings: PGA Tour official money list Points
1st 20
2nd 18
3rd 16
4th 14
5th 12
6th 10
7th 8
8th 6
9th 4
10th 2

C) Adjusted scoring average: min. 60 rounds Points
1st 20
2nd 18
3rd 16
4th 14
5th 12
6th 10
7th 8
8th 6
9th 4
10th 2



 
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