Scott edges Woods for GWAA player of the year

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 2, 2014 at 10:22 am •  Published: January 2, 2014
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KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Masters champion Adam Scott narrowly beat out Tiger Woods as the male player of the year in voting by the Golf Writers Association of America.

The GWAA takes into account more than just a player's performance on the PGA Tour. Scott won four times around the world, none bigger than his playoff victory at Augusta National to become the first Australian in a green jacket. He also won a FedEx Cup playoff event and twice in Australia, and he joined Jason Day to win the portion of the World Cup for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Out of 218 ballots, Scott won by five votes.

"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 said from Kapalua, where he is playing in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Woods won five times on the PGA Tour, including The Players Championship and two World Golf Championships, though he went a fifth straight year without winning a major. Woods also won the PGA Tour money title and the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average.

Woods won player of the year from the PGA Tour (a vote of players) and PGA of America (based on points). Those awards consider only a player's PGA Tour record. The PGA Tour does not disclose vote totals.

The other GWAA awards were landslides.

Inbee Park, who had three straight majors among her six victories on the LPGA Tour, received 91 percent of the vote to win female player of the year. Women's British Open champion Stacy Lewis and Evian Championship winner Suzann Pettersen received the other votes.

Kenny Perry, who won two majors on the Champions Tour and captured the Schwab Cup, also had 91 percent of the vote for senior player of the year over Bernhard Langer and David Frost.

"It is my highest honor, from the players or the writers, to be named player of the year," Perry said. "Here I am at 53 doing stuff I probably shouldn't be doing, so I'm honored that the writers are paying attention to me."

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