Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States (4E Sports) – For the 11th time in his career, world No. 1 Tiger Woods has bagged the US PGA Tour’s Player of the Year after winning five events and pocketing $8.6 million in prize money.
The 37-year-old Woods won the award in a vote of U.S. tour players, beating Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson for the honor.
Woods won five of the 16 tour events in which he competed while no other player on the ballot won more than twice this season, which ended Sept. 22 with Stenson’s victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
Despite his failure to add another trophy to his 14 major titles since 2008, Woods said he was “very satisfied” with his season.
“Overall, at the end of the year, I think it’s been a really good year,” said Woods, who also pocketed $3 million for placing second to Stenston in the FedEx Cup race.
Woods, a full-time U.S. tour player since 1997, also won the PGA of America’s Player of the Year and Vardon Trophy awards.
The Vardon Trophy goes to the tour player with the lowest average adjusted score for the season, with Woods topping the list at 68.985 strokes per round.
Jordan Spieth was named Rookie of the Year by the U.S. Tour. Spieth, winner of the John Deere Classic and the only first-year player to qualify for the Tour Championship, became the youngest player to win a PGA Tour event since 1931 when he captured the John Deere title at age 19.
Spieth led all rookies in earnings and finished 10th on the money list with $3.9 million. He beat Derek Ernst, Russell Henley and David Lingmerth for the award.