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Woods and Spieth win PGA Tour awards

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World No. 1 Tiger Woods has been voted PGA Tour Player of the Year for the 11th time, while 20-year-old sensation Jordan Spieth has been awarded Rookie of the Year.

Why always Tiger?

  • When his daughter ran onto the green at East Lake on Sunday and grabbed her dad around the leg as he walked off the course, Tiger Woods' stern look changed to a smile, a big grin filling his face as a tough day, a tough year, had come to a close at the Tour Championship, writes Bob Harig.
  • So why is there is an unfair standard being applied to newly-crowned PGA Tour Player of the Year?
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The PGA Tour announced the results of player voting Friday morning. It doesn't release the percentage of votes or who finished second. Woods was on the Jack Nicklaus Award ballot with Open champion Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Adam Scott, FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar.

Woods won five times this year - at the Farmers Insurance Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC-Cadillac Championship, Players Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. No one else won more than twice.

It's the third time he has won the award without having won a major. Since the award began in 1990, no one else has won it more than twice.

Spieth, meanwhile, won the rookie title having starting the season with no Tour status

Rise of the Rookie

  • When Jordan Spieth failed to advance to the finals of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament in November after leaving Texas during his sophomore year, it made perfectly good sense.
  • At 19, despite showing flashes of brilliance in a handful of tour starts, he wasn't ready for the big time, writes Farrell Evans.
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Spieth won the John Deere Classic in July and finished 10th on the money list. The 20-year-old also became the first player since Woods in 1996 to begin the season without a Tour card and advance all the way to the season-ending Tour Championship, where he tied for second behind FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson.

In a statement, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said: "Tiger's five wins came against some of the strongest fields in golf including the Players and two World Golf Championships, while Jordan's rookie season was historic in terms of his accomplishments for a player just 20 years old.

"The member vote reflects the respect their peers have for both players."

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