Even though Tiger Woods wasn't able to capture an elusive 15th major championship, he was named the 2013 PGA Tour Player of the Year after a season that included five tournament triumphs.
Tiger has dominated the award in its 20-year history. He's now won 11 times, and won 10 out of 13 from 1997-2009.
Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel passed along the news:
Tiger Woods is named 2013 PGA Tour Player of the Year. The membership has spoken: Five wins and no major trumps two wins with a major.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) September 27, 2013
Woods said it was an incredible feeling to get the nod from his peers once again, according to Golf Channel's Tiger Tracker:
TW regarding himself: "Fantastic year all around, also incredible feeling to be voted on by your peers...very humbling."— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) September 27, 2013
He beat out Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar to win the coveted award.
Who should have won Player of the Year?
The biggest difference was the number of wins. Although Woods didn't win on one of the sport's biggest stages, he did capture five titles while no other player won more than two. That gap was apparently enough to offset the lack of a major.
Woods also finished first in the all-around ranking and second in scoring average, a fraction behind Steve Stricker. He remains ranked No. 1 in the world, with a pretty sizable gap between him and Scott, and came in second in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Woods' five wins came in just 16 starts, so he won nearly a third of the time that he teed it up. No other player came close to matching that type of win rate, which also has to be a factor.
When you put it all together, Woods is a worthy winner of the award. There's nothing that says a player must win a major in order to become the Player of the Year, and Woods showcased some vintage form in 2013.
With another trophy in the case, Woods is already looking forward to next season:
Tiger Woods on next season: "The goal is to win each and every event I tee it up in." If he did, that would end any POY debate, I believe.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) September 27, 2013
In true Tiger form, he wants to win every tournament, but ending the drought in majors will remain the key talking point for 2014.