December 4, 2013
GolfSaturday, September 28, 2013
Woods voted US PGA player of the year
Uihlein shoots 60 at Alfred Dunhill Links
Tiger Woods was named as the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year for a record 11th time with fellow-US player Jordan Spieth voted rookie of the year.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida — Tiger Woods was voted US PGA Tour player of the year for the 11th time on the strength of his five big wins and return to No. 1 in the world.
It was the third time Woods won the Jack Nicklaus Award despite not winning a major. He made up for that with two World Golf Championships and The Players Championship among his five wins. No one else won more than twice this year, and Woods won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average and the tour money title.
“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 yesterday. “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.”
Jordan Spieth was voted rookie of the year in a race that likely was no contest.
Woods was on the ballot with British Open champion Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Adam Scott, FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar.
DUNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP. Peter Uihlein came three inches away from shooting the first ever 59 on the European Tour yesterday when his eagle putt on the last hole came up just wide at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The US player tapped in for birdie for a 12-under 60, equaling the course record at Kingsbarns but falling just short of getting his name in the record books.
He was still two shots behind clubhouse leader Tom Lewis, who shot a 7-under 65 on St. Andrews for a 15-under total of 129. The players alternate between St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie over the first three days.
Jim Furyk became the sixth player on the PGA Tour to reach the 59-mark at the BMW Championship two weeks ago.