Adam Scott was voted Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA). According to Doug Ferguson, AP Golf Writer, Scott received 75 votes (34%) to Tiger Wood’s 70 votes.
Was this a controversial vote? Yes and no.
By the middle of May, Tiger already won four of his five tournaments. Woods captured his second World Golf Championship by the beginning of August (fifth Tour win of 2013), and had two top tens in majors. For three-quarters of the season, Tiger was the undisputed Player of the Year, which allowed him to win PGA Tour Player of the Year.
Adam Scott won The Masters in April and won The Barclays at the end of August. Winning a major and FedEx Playoff event in the same year is a spectacular accomplishment. In addition, Scott finished in the top five at the British Open and PGA Championship, and nearly won the Australian Triple Crown in November.
Scott’s year compares well to Tiger’s, and the POY vote was a toss up when you add Scott’s play in Australia at the end of the year.
Congratulations Adam, I’m looking forward to a few Scott-Woods duels in 2014!