Five “regular” PGA Tour victories or four worldwide wins, including a major? Which carries more weight?
Well, apparently the latter for those voting members of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA). On Thursday it was announced that Adam Scott narrowly snagged its male player of the year award over Tiger Woods.
In the poll of 218 golf reporters and broadcasters, Scott received 75 votes, edging Woods by five. (If only he were nicer to six more members of the media…) Who did I pick? Well, I’m an “associate” member of the GWAA, so I didn’t get to vote, but it would have been a hard choice between Scott and Woods. I think the major win would have pushed Scott over the edge for me. (Why am I not a full member, despite covering as many or more events than just about anyone? Don’t get me started.)
Now, of course, the GWAA takes into account more than just a player’s performance on the PGA Tour. Scott had the incredible playoff victory at the Masters, then he won the first of four legs in the Tour’s FedExCup, The Barclays. Next, he traveled to his native Australia to play in its major events and captured the Australian PGA and Australian Masters. As you may recall, he almost snagged the Australian Open, as well, to complete the Triple Crown, but was upset by Rory McIlroy on the 72nd hole. Scott also teamed up with Jason Day at the World Cup to win the team portion of the event for Australia.
Meanwhile, Woods won five times on the PGA Tour: The Farmers Insurance Open, the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and The Players Championship, the Tour’s flagship event.
Scott also performed slightly better than Woods at the majors, with the Masters win, obviously, not to mention T3 at the Open Championship and T5 at the PGA Championship. Tiger placed T4 at the Masters and T6 at the Open.
“It is an honor to be recognized as the most consistent male golfer of 2013 and it is appreciated to have the respect of the Golf Writers of America. Thank you,” Scott told the AP from Kapalua, where he is playing in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
The GWAA said in a statement (via Golfweek): “(The GWAA) goes outside the boundaries of the PGA Tour and takes into consideration global play. Apparently the Aussie’s brilliant stretch Down Under in November and December swayed voters; Scott won the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters, teamed with Jason Day to win the team portion of the World Cup of Golf, and was second in the Australian Open.”
The other two POY awards weren’t quite as close. Inbee Park received 91% of the vote for female player of the year. Park won the first three majors on the LPGA in 2013. Kenny Perry, who won two majors on the Champions Tour and captured the Schwab Cup, also earned 91% of the vote to take home senior player of the year honors.
Who would have received your vote?