Woods, Spieth receive POY, ROY awards


SAN DIEGO – When Tiger Woods won for the first time on the PGA Tour in 1996, Jordan Spieth was only 3 years old and barely out of diapers. Despite their age difference, the pair stood together Wednesday at the Farmers Insurance Open, where they were honored as 2013 Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year, respectively, on the PGA Tour.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be here,” said Spieth, now 20, who took home top rookie honors after a season that included a win at the John Deere Classic. “This was a goal of mine from when I was real young, and I’m very honored to be voted by my peers for this award. Now it’s time to chase the other award.”

Woods, who won five times last season en route to winning the “other award” Spieth referenced, remains impressed by the play of his younger counterpart. One year after Spieth made his professional debut on a sponsor exemption at Torrey Pines, the current world No. 1 anticipates that the two will continue to duel on leaderboards over the coming years.

“To watch Jordan do what he did, have absolutely zero status, come out here, earn his way into the FedEx Cup Playoffs, into the Tour Championship, onto the Presidents Cup team, and win a tournament on our Tour is just quite remarkable,” noted Woods. “It’s going to be fun for a number of years battling it out. I’m going to enjoy it.”