Adam Scott was voted the Male Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America, nipping Tiger Woods for the award by five votes (218 were cast).
The GWAA recognizes not just PGA Tour but also global achievement, and Scott won four times worldwide in 2013, including the Masters for his first major title. At the end of the year he nearly won the Australian Slam, capturing both the PGA and Masters before finishing second at the Open. He also teamed up with Jason Day to win the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne.
“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 in a release.
Woods won five times (no majors), captured the money title and the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average, and was named the Player of the Year by both the PGA Tour and the PGA of America. He is a 10-time winner of the GWAA’s top honor.
Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson were also on the ballot. The vote totals: Scott 75, Woods 70, Mickelson 37 and Stenson 35.
In the other categories, Inbee Park and Kenny Perry were named the female and senior players of the year, respectively. They each garnered 91 percent of the votes.
“Last year was a year that I could never forget,” said Park, who won three majors in 2013. “I was able to put my name among the greatest players around the world. Now, on top of that, I am being recognized and honored by golf writers. They are those who know what has just happened last year in every detail. I can almost say that they know me better than I know myself. That’s why this honor is very special and means a lot to me.”
The winners will be honored Wednesday, April 9 at the annual GWAA Awards Dinner in Augusta, Ga.