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Tiger Woods captures PGA POTY Award

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OK, it’s official: Tiger Woods is your 2009 PGA Player of the Year. Is anyone really surprised? I didn’t think so.

Woods captured the award for the 10th time in his career in a race that, to be honest, was never really close. Winning the Vardon Trophy, FedEx Cup, six tour events, and the Byron Nelson Award for the lowest scoring average on tour (68.05) made the choice a no-brainer. All this means is Woods is now a mortal lock to capture the PGA Tour POTY award.

There were many out there questioning Tiger’s credentials for the award after he lost in dramatic fashion to Y.E. Yang at the PGA Championship. But his victory at the FedEx Cup all but ended those debates. Not only that, but Woods had twice as many wins as anyone else on tour; plus, he had the task of coming back from knee surgery this year.

I don’t think anyone, Tiger included, thought he’d win six times out in his first full season after the injury. While he didn’t win a major championship, Woods did finish in the top-6 in three of the four major championship. And to think so many of us were being overly-critical of his season because he went oh-fer in the four majors.

I think Tiger’s season proves just how much we seem to take him for granted sometimes. The guy wins six times and we automatically start questioning his ability to close where it matters most. This award just proves how consistent the guy is on a year-to-year basis.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

10/22/2009 at 2:55 pm

Posted in PGA Tour, Tiger Woods

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