Tiger Woods voted PGA Tour player of the year

Associated Press | 9/27/2013, 12:14 p.m.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (AP) — Tiger Woods was voted U.S. PGA Tour player of the year for the 11th ...

It was the first time since 2009, right before his personal life unraveled, that Woods won these awards. Even though he has more of them than anyone in history, he said that it doesn’t get old.

“I know how hard it is,” Woods said. “I’ve had to work my way back from injuries on numerous occasions throughout the years. These last couple years are no exception to that. There were a lot of people saying I could never win again, and two years later I’ve got eight wins on our tour. I’m very proud of where I’ve come from, from being ranked outside the top 50 to being ranked where I am now, and to have had the success that I’ve had this year just makes it all the more rewarding.”

He said his biggest win this year was at The Players Championship, mainly because it’s the one golf course he plays regularly that has given him fits. His other wins this year came on courses where he won for at least the fourth time.

“You start playing golf courses that you like and that suit your game,” Woods said. “Guys generally play that schedule and give themselves the best opportunity to win tournaments and to have a nice living out on tour. For me, The Players Championship is the big event and against probably the strongest field we play all year. I haven’t had a lot of success since 2001.

“To finally put myself there with the chance and the way I was hitting it to get it done on that Sunday, boy, it sure felt good.”

Woods and Spieth won two different awards, though both pointed to the area of improvement — the majors. Woods has been stuck on 14 majors since 2008, though he had a chance in the final round this year at the British Open. Spieth missed the cut at the U.S. Open and U.S. PGA Championship and tied for 44th in the British Open.

“I think next year I’m really going to focus on those,” said Spieth, who is No. 21 in the world. “Maybe build a schedule or game plan around how to have success and maybe compete at those four events, and I think that would be a better year for me.”