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Tiger Woods wins McCormack Award

The Governing Board of the Official World Golf Ranking announced Wednesday that Tiger Woods is the recipient of the 2004 Mark H. McCormack Award. Woods has won every year since the award was started in 1998. The award is presented annually to the player who holds the No. 1 position on the Official World Golf Ranking for the greatest number of weeks in each calendar year.

Woods held the top position on the Official World Golf Ranking for 35 consecutive weeks last year, from Jan. 1 to Sept. 5. Vijay Singh took over the No. 1 ranking on September 6 and held it for 26 weeks until Woods regained the top spot on March 7, 2005.

“Tiger’s domination of this award is clearly an indication of his consistency week in and week out,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. “With the top players all performing at their highest level, it will be intriguing to see how the season continues to unfold.”

"I’m happy to be back at No. 1 as I receive this award, and I hope I can continue and make it eight years in a row," said Woods.

Overall, Woods has held the No. 1 ranking 336 weeks:

June 15, 1997
July 6, 1997 to August 31, 1997
January 11, 1998 to April 5, 1998
May 10, 1998
June 14, 1998 to March 21, 1999
July 4, 1999 to August 1, 1999
August 15, 1999 to August 29, 2004
March 7, 2005 to current

The award was created in 1998 by the Governing Board to honor Mark H. McCormack for the significant role he played in founding a world ranking system for professional golf. McCormack founded IMG, a premier worldwide sports and lifestyle management and marketing firm in the early 1960s. He passed away May 16, 2003.

The concept for a world ranking for men’s professional golf began with McCormack in 1986. During the 1986 Masters Tournament, McCormack launched the Sony Ranking, which was sanctioned by the Championship Committee of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

In July 1997, the five major international golf tours joined representatives from the four major championships, who had been members of the Governing Board since 1987. This marked the first time that the leaders of all the world’s major golf organizations had joined together to serve in a governing capacity.


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