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Woods, Sorenstam & Quigley honoured by GWAA

Tiger Woods has been named the 2005 Male Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America, GWAA officials have announced. In addition, Annika Sorenstam was selected as the Female Player of the Year and Dana Quigley as the Senior Player of the Year.

The winners will be honored Apr. 5, 2006, at the GWAA's Annual Awards Dinner in Augusta, Ga.

Woods has won the GWAA Player of the Year Award a record seven times in the last nine years, and had won five straight times before Vijay Singh won in 2004. This seventh award breaks a tie with Tom Watson for most GWAA Male Player Awards; Watson won six on the PGA Tour and a seventh as a senior in 2004.

Sorenstam has won the GWAA honor for five straight years, and a total of seven times in the last 11 years. Quigley won for the first time.

Both Woods and Sorenstam racked up 95 percent of the votes in their respective categories. In the senior class, Quigley got 40 percent of the vote, while Hale Irwin earned 34 percent and Tom Watson got 26 percent.

Woods won six times in 2005, including the Masters and British Open, and won his sixth Vardon Trophy with a 68.66 adjusted scoring average. He led the PGA Tour money list with $10.6 million and won both the PGA of America and PGA Tour Player of the Year awards.

Sorenstam won 10 times on the LPGA Tour, including the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the McDonald's LPGA Championship, the first two majors of the season. She topped the money list with winnings over $2.5 million and captured her sixth Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average, finishing at 69.33, the fourth best in LPGA history.

Quigley won twice on the Champions Tour and led the money list for the first time with $2,170,258. He also finished second five times and lost playoffs at two majors, the Jeld-Wen Tradition and Senior PGA Championship. Also in 2005, his famed ironman streak ended at 264 consecutive starts when he missed the Senior British Open because of a hip injury.

December 13, 2005

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