By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
Tiger Woods, based on his return to No. 1 in the world and the strength of his big five wins, has been named PGA Tour player of the year for the 11th time.
“It’s been an incredible year to have won five times, two of those World Golf Championships and one Players,” Woods said on 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.”
Even though he didn’t win a major in a rather mediocre 2013 season for Woods, his overall skill and popularity can’t be denied. Woods beat out Masters champion Phil Mickelson, FedEx champ Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, and Matt Kuchar on the ballet.
Woods confesses it’s been tough year. “I’ve had to work my way back from injuries on numerous occasions throughout the years. These last couple years is no exception to that. There were a lot of people saying I could never win again, and two years later I’ve got eight wins on our tour. I’m very proud of where I’ve come from, from being ranked outside the top 50 to being ranked where I am now, and to have had the success that I’ve had this year just makes it all the more rewarding.”
As for rookie of the year, 20-year-old Texan, Jordan Spieth, won the vote. Not only did he win the John Deere Classic, but Spieth is the youngest American and first PGA Tour rookie ever to be chosen to play in the Presidents Cup, which will take place next week in Ohio. He said, “I don’t know if it’s a `pinch me’ moment yet,” because his mind is so focused on winning the upcoming game.
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