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Tiger wins GWAA award for 5th straight year

Tiger Woods picked up another Player of the Year award Tuesday, and this vote wasn't even close.

Woods was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for a record fifth straight year.

He also won Player of the Year honors from the PGA of America (based on a points system) and the PGA Tour (a vote by players, said to be among the closest ever).

The GWAA selected Woods on 54 percent of the ballots.

Vijay Singh, who has a testy relationship with the media, wasn't even second. Ernie Els got 18 percent of the vote, while Singh came in third with 14 percent.

Woods led the PGA Tour with five victories, two of them World Golf Championships, and he won the Vardon Trophy with the second-lowest scoring average in history.

Singh had four victories and won the money title with $7.5 million, ending Woods' four-year reign. Els won twice on the PGA Tour, although he won five times overseas and won the European Tour's money list.

The GWAA has 912 members, although a majority doesn't cover the PGA Tour on a regular basis. It includes public relations officials from golf organizations, equipment companies, player management agencies and regional golf and travel magazines.

Only 39 percent of the membership voted.

Annika Sorenstam won the GWAA female player of the year for the third straight time, getting 98.6 percent of the votes. She won six times, completed the LPGA career Grand Slam with two majors, and became the first woman in 58 years to play on the PGA Tour.

Tom Watson was the GWAA senior player of the year, winning two majors on the Champions Tour and winning the money title during an emotional year with his caddie, Bruce Edwards, who is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. Watson received 93 percent of the vote.

Watson won the GWAA player of the year six times, including four straight years from 1977-80.

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