2013 was kind to golfer Adam Scott. He won four tournaments around the world, including a victory at Augusta National, and his season culminated in his being honored as the top male golfer of 2013 by the Golf Writers Association of America — edging out Tiger Woods 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.
Woods, on the other hand, won the player of the year award from the Professional Golf Association Tour as well as the PGA of America. These awards only recognize PGA tournament stats — and Wood’s led all players in 2013 with PGA earnings while recording the lowest scoring average amongst all PGA golfers.
Scott, however, won one major title when he became the first Australian ever to wear the Green Jacket given to the winner of the Masters Tournament as Woods continued his five-year drought of major championships.
The Golf Writers Association of America wasn’t wrong in recognizing Scott’s tremendous year, but their decision should provide a short, sharp shock to Woods in 2014 (who likely feels robbed, having won three more PGA tournaments than Scott).
A year ago, it seemed as if 2013 would set the stage for Woods and Ireland’s Rory McIlroy to battle for the top spot in the world. But after a terrible year for the 24-year-old McIlroy, the new rivalry might be between Woods and Scott.
Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson both finished behind Woods and Scott after tremendous 2013’s. Mickelson received 17% of the first place votes and Stenson 16%. Mickelson’s 2013 highlights include winning the Open Championship, as well as the Phoenix and Scottish Open’s. The 37-year-old Stenson has never won a major title in his 15-year career, but has won both the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in 2013 — becoming the first player in history to do so.
Inbee Park earned the GWAA’s female top player of the year while Kenny Perry won the GWAA’s senior top player of the year award — both by a margin of 91 percent.