PGA Tour Announces 2000 Awards


For the third time in the past four seasons, Tiger Woods has been named the PGA Tour Player of the Year. Woods, who also earned this distinction in 1997 and 1999, won nine Tour events in 2000 and amassed over $9 million in official earnings.
Woods was selected by a vote of the PGA Tour membership. He becomes the first man to be named Tour Player of the Year on three occasions.
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Woods adds this trophy, named the Jack Nicklaus Award, to the others he has captured in 2000, including the Arnold Palmer Award for the Tour's leading money winner, the Byron Nelson Award for the Tour's lowest scoring average (67.79), and the PGA Player of the Year, which is presented by the PGA of America.
In other PGA Tour awards, Michael Clark II earned Rookie of the Year honors. The 31-year-old was the only rookie to win in 2000, doing so in a playoff at the John Deere Classic in July. He also collected six top-25 finishes on the year.
Paul Azinger was named the PGA Tour's Comeback Player of the Year after winning the SONY Open in Hawaii. It was his first title since the 1993 PGA Championship. It was also the 40-year-old's first victory since he defeated lymphoma.
Azinger ended the season with a career-best $1,597,539 in earnings and also represented his country on the victorious Presidents Cup team.