Tiger on Stenson: ‘It’s Good to See’

VIDEO: Henrik Stenson talks about his torrid summer run.

TIGER WOODS WON FIVE TOURNAMENTS IN 2013 and has the inside track on the Player of the Year (POY) Award, which he has won 10 times.

Other POY nominees are Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Henrik Stenson, winner of the FedEx Cup, including the Deutshe Bank Championship and TOUR Championship along the way.

Woods acknowledged Stenson’s late-season dominance and extraordinary playoff run.

Larry Dorman reported in his column for PGATour.com:

Woods carried a big points advantage into the FedExCup Playoffs, finished T2 at The Barclays and then relinquished the No. 1 spot to Stenson after cooling off with a T65 at the Deutsche Bank Championship but regained it after a T11 at the BMW Championship and was No. 1 going into the TOUR Championship. There he again ran into Stenson, whose resurgent game had peaked at precisely the right point.

At the end of the week, Stenson’s overwhelming consistent ball-striking prowess had put him at the pinnacle. He hit 218 of 288 greens for the FedExCup Playoffs—a stunning 76 percent.

Although never happy to lose, Woods was OK overall with his five-win season—which should be more than enough for him to win his 11th Player of the Year award—and with Stenson winning the season-ending jackpot.

“He’s played incredible,” Woods said. “From basically the British Open on, he’s put it together, and he’s played so consistently, while at a high level. He’s hit it great, made his share of putts, but he’s just been so consistent day in and day out. It’s good to see.

“He’s a good guy. We all like him. It’s good to see.”

PGA Tour members vote for the Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards. Voting ends on Thursday; winners will be announced on Friday.

Jordan Spieth is considered to be a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year.

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