Woods, Quigley, Gore take POY honors
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Tiger Woods won the PGA Tour player of the year award Tuesday for the seventh time in his nine full seasons, the final prize in a year that featured two major championships among his six tour titles.
It was the fifth time Woods has swept the three major awards -- the Jack Nicklaus Trophy as player of the year, the Arnold Palmer Award for leading the money list and the Byron Nelson Award for having the lowest scoring average.
"It's not about winning player of the year awards," Woods said at the Target World Challenge. "It's about winning tournaments that allow you to get these awards."
Woods previously won player of the year from the PGA of America, which is based on points. The tour's award is a vote of the players, although tour officials have refused to release vote totals.
Dana Quigley, who won the money title on the 50-and-older circuit, won the Champions Tour player of the year, while Jason Gore was the Nationwide Tour player of the year having won three times to earn an instant promotion to the big leagues.
Sean O'Hair was voted PGA Tour rookie of the year. He earned his card at Q-school, won the John Deere Classic in July and finished his season at 18th on the money list with more than $2.4 million. He had never played in a PGA Tour event until this season.
Olin Browne was voted comeback player of the year on the PGA Tour, returning from nagging shoulder and back injuries and retooling his swing in his mid-40s to win the Deutsche Bank Championship and qualify for the Tour Championship for the first time.
In other awards announced Tuesday, Jay Haas was rookie of the year on the Champions Tour, winning twice in only 10 starts, and Peter Jacobsen was comeback player of the year on the Champions Tour, winning the Senior Players Championship.
Woods has failed to win PGA Tour player of the year only twice since his first full season in 1997 -- both times while overhauling swing in 1998 and in 2004. He won only one tournament each of those years.
He started this year with a victory in the Buick Invitational, outlasted Phil Mickelson in a tense duel at Doral and then captured his fourth green jacket with a playoff victory over Chris DiMarco in the Masters. He essentially clinched the award with a wire-to-wire victory in the British Open.
Woods said the award was a product of winning, but his first player of the year was far more significant. That was in 1997, when his four victories included a 12-shot win in the Masters.
"The first one was the most meaningful because it was my first full year on tour," he said. "To be awarded player of the tour from your peers and get respect from your peers in your first full year out was more than I could have ever imagined."
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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