A look at 2013 PGA Tour awards race: Tiger, Spieth in front
Hello, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Boo Weekley -- the 2013 PGA Tour awards are yours to lose.
There are only two events left in the 2013 PGA Tour season (which is incredible since it feels like I was just sitting down to watch the first round of the Tournament of Champions like, yesterday) and we still have some awards up for grabs.
It has really been a quite good, compelling, Tiger-filled season with big-name major winners and emerging young stars to boot.
The game has never been more intriguing and with that let's unwind some of these awards -- who's sitting in the pole position and who could sneak in and win in the final two weeks.
Player of the Year
Leader: We've gone over this before but I think Tiger Woods has this award locked up unless Phil Mickelson or Adam Scott wins the Tour Championship (either could easily happen).
Other candidates: Mickelson (needs to win Tour Championship); Scott (same); Brandt Snedeker (needs to win last two tournaments, possibly dramatically); Matt Kuchar (same); Jason Dufner (same); Jordan Spieth (same).
Rookie of the Year
Leader: Unless Jordan Spieth shoots eight 90s in his final eight rounds of the season, he's going to win. He has had a spectacular season and, for a 20-year-old, it has been absolutely ridiculous.
Other candidates: Russell Henley (I guess?)
Vardon Trophy (leader in adjusted scoring, min. 60 rounds)
Leader: Woods has this locked up but needs to play all four rounds at both of the final two tournaments as he has only completed 53 as it stands right now (since there isn't a cut at either one, all he has to do is not withdraw). His average is 68.86; next closest to him is Justin Rose at 69.17.
Other candidates: None.
Arnold Palmer Award (most money)
Leader: Again, Woods has made $8.4 million. Kuchar has made $5.4 and Snedeker has made $5.2. Since the FedEx Cup winnings of $10 million are not factored in there's no way Woods can lose this.
Other candidates: None.
Comeback player of the year
Leader: Boo Weekley was ranked No. 286 in the world at the end of 2012 (and in the 600s at the beginning of that same year). Now he's No. 47 and won the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
You could chat with me about Henrik Stenson, but he was actually ranked No. 61 at the end of 2012 and has since risen to No. 6. Not as big of a jump as Weekley.
Other candidates: Erik Compton (because of this).
Looking back at these awards, it's funny to watch people complain about the season Tiger has had. He's going to sweep nearly every award and do so in style. And yet every day I hear "Why isn't Tiger back?" and "Why hasn't Tiger done this or that?"
He is again the best player in the world and you can't really argue with that.
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