With the 2013 PGA Tour season quickly winding to a close, increased speculation will be offered this month on who, among the three likely candidates, has the best chance to win the Tour's Player of the Year honors.
According to NBC analyst Johnny Miller, Tiger Woods and his five wins are currently in the lead – but the race remains close.
'I think he still barely has the edge,' Miller said of Woods during a teleconference Wednesday.
Currently the world's top-ranked player, Woods' five titles this year include a pair of WGC wins and The Players Championship. His main competition for the award appears to come in the form of Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson, who round out the top three in the latest world rankings and who both have two PGA Tour wins under their belts – including a major apiece.
With this year's results begging the question of how many 'regular' wins a major title might be worth, Miller contends that a second FedEx Cup Playoff title for the Aussie would be enough to put him over the top by season's end.
'You've got to think Adam Scott with a major and another win, if he were to win one of these two (remaining events), that he would take it away from Tiger,' Miller noted of Scott, who won The Barclays last month in addition to his Masters title in April. 'I think that definitely give it to Adam Scott if you were to win either the BMW (Championship) or the Tour Championship, no doubt about it.'
As for Mickelson, who claimed the Scottish Open on the European Tour in addition to his PGA Tour wins at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Open Championship, the 66-year-old believes his lack of consistency may hurt his overall chances for the year-end award.
'I love Phil, but you look at his stats and it looks like the guy might be on welfare. He's not consistent,' explained Miller. 'Phil has these moments that are fantastic, but man, it's not like you can depend on them, that's for sure. You just never know.'