There really wasn’t any surprise when Tiger Woods was named 2013 PGA Player of the year on Thursday morning. After five victories on tour this year, the money title, and the PGA America Vardon Trophy, you had to give him this award as well. Jordan Spieth was named Rookie of the Year, and that was a no-brainer for the 20 year-old who is destined to become the next “Super Star”, not only on the PGA Tour, but around the world. Congratulations to both players!
“It’s been an incredible year to have won five times, two of those World Golf Championships and one Players,” Woods said on a conference call Friday. “It’s been just a fantastic year all around. It’s also an incredible feeling to be voted by your peers, and to have that type of respect is something that’s very humbling.”
The thing that amazes me about Jordan Spieth is his ability to think and execute under pressure. This was apparent when he beat the hometown favorite, Zach Johnson at the John Deere Classic in a playoff when he needed the victory to validate his existence on the PGA Tour. He did it again with a closing round 62 at TPC Boston in order to put an exclamation point on his desire to play for Team USA Captain Fred Couples in the Presidents Cup.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” Spieth said. “It’s been a great year for rookies on the PGA Tour.”
I think Fred Altvater at the Bleacher Report nailed this list of stories. He was able to sum up the 2013 golf season with this slide show, and capture the moments that defined golf in 2013.
After 79 tour wins, and 14 major championships on his resume, and literally carrying professional golf for over a decade, what more do people want from this guy? He will grind over a 12 foot put for bogey when he’s completely out of a tournament, and won’t quit fighting until they tell him to go home. That sounds like the PGA Player of the year to me.
“I can live with the fact that I grind each and every day,” he said. “There are days where I just don’t have it. I don’t have my game. Game doesn’t feel right. Body doesn’t feel right. Things just don’t work. But I still grind it out and post some numbers.”
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