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Tiger wins Player of the Year title

Tiger Woods added two more awards to his resume last weekend when he won the Vardon Trophy and was named the PGA of America Player of the Year, both for the fourth straight time.

Woods concluded the regular season at last weekend's Tour Championship by finishing with a 68.56 adjusted scoring average based on 68 rounds. Vijay Singh, winner of The Tour Championship, was runner-up with a 69.47 average through 96 rounds. Ernie Els was third at 69.50 based on 62 rounds.

Since joining the PGA TOUR in 1996, Woods has won PGA Player of the Year honors in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. He has won the Vardon Trophy every year since 1999.

Woods established the lowest adjusted scoring average record of 67.79 in 2000, and his actual scoring average of 68.17 broke Byron Nelson's scoring mark of 68.33 set in 1945. This year, Woods' actual scoring average was 69.00, while Fred Funk and David Toms shared second at 69.64.

Since 1937, the Vardon Trophy, named in honor of famed British golfer Harry Vardon, is awarded annually to the pro with the lowest adjusted scoring average. It is based on a minimum of 60 rounds, with no incomplete rounds, in events co-sponsored or designated by the PGA Tour.

The PGA Player of the Year Award was first awarded in 1948 and is awarded to the top touring professional based on a point system for tournament victories, official money standings and scoring averages.

Woods clinched the PGA Player of the Year Award in October. Els finished second and Singh was third.

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