September 27th, 2013 by Tyler Pringle
In a year full of ups and downs, Tiger Woods has come out on top. For 11th time, the world's No. 1 ranked player wins the Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour's Player of the Year.
What a year it’s been for Tiger Woods. In a season that started off with a missed cut in Abu Dhabi and culminated in winning Player of the Year honors, it certainly hasn’t been smooth sailing for the best player in the world. With flashes of brilliance that we’ve become accustomed to as well as sputtering play that has become all too common in recent years—especially in majors—his 2013 season can be summed up in one word: inconsistency. However, at the end of the day, Woods managed to win 5 times and earned $8.5 million in 2013. Let’s take a quick recap of his wins.
Farmers Insurance Open
On a familiar track, Tiger coasted to victory at Torrey Pines. The Monday finish proved to be more of a formality as Tiger took a comfortable lead into the final round and avoided any major mistakes en route to the win.
WGC – Cadillac Championship
With the best players in the world convening at Doral, Tiger made a big statement. Besides the major championships, the WGC events are some of the most notable stops on Tour with big prize money and big names on the leaderboard.
Arnold Palmer Invitational
It isn’t all that unrealistic to think Arnie might just mail Tiger a check next year. Woods has absolutely dominated this event at Bay Hill in the past, and the 2013 edition was just more of the same.
The Players Championship
Considered by many to be the 5th major, this was probably Tiger’s signature win of the year. On a windy Sunday afternoon, Tiger closed the deal by drilling the ball down the fairway of the precarious 18th, and then sticking his approach shot. He certainly looked very comfortable with the tournament on the line, and his display was a reminder of how well he can execute the must-have shots in the most critical moments.
WGC – Bridgestone Invitational
Another WGC event, another venue with past success, and another runaway victory. Tiger’s 7-stroke landslide victory was highlighted by a second round 61.
Despite the 5 wins, Tiger remains focused on the major championships, and 2013 was a disappointing display, especially on the weekends. He contended in 2 of the 4 majors (T4 at The Masters and T6 at The Open Championship), and came unglued on Sunday. Look for him to make a concerted effort in the off-season to improve his consistency and performance in the majors.
Yet even with poor performances in the majors, are 5 wins and Player of the Year accolades enough to consider Tiger’s 2013 season successful? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.