And then there were five.
The PGA Tour announced on Monday the final five candidates for Player of the Year honors and will reveal the winner of the coveted award on Friday.
The voting PGA Tour rank and file will also have the opportunity to name two-time winner Matt Kuchar as Player of the Year, but that would be a significant surprise given the resume of the other four golfers he’s being judged against.
Woods will rest his argument on five quality victories, a ninth Vardon Trophy for lowest stroke average and yet another money title. Mickelson and Scott will counter with their significant victories at the Open Championship and Masters respectively.
For his part, Stenson will let his FedEx Cup championship and his two victories in the final three tournaments of the season do the talking for him.
Truth is, each of those four golfers make strong cases for being named PGA Tour Player of the Year. Yet only one of them will win it when the votes are tallied and the golfers are heard later this week.
Here’s a look at our odds for the final five golfers as we await the identity of the player who will be deemed to have had the best of it in 2013.