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Tiger Woods expecting clean sweep of awards

With the U.S. PGA Tour season over and his work all but done, the only task remaining for world number one Tiger Woods is to sit back and watch the awards pour in.

A comeback campaign in which Woods emerged from a torturous swing overhaul to reclaim his form, the top ranking and six titles, including the U.S. Masters and British Open, is sure to be rewarded with all the hardware his sport has to offer.

Although a runner-up finish at the season-ending Tour Championship prevented Woods from becoming golf's first $11 million man, it did not stop him from reclaiming the Arnold Palmer Trophy as the PGA Tour's top money earner, banking a career-high $10,628,024.

The Vardon Trophy for best stroke average is also set to sit on Woods' mantelpiece for a sixth time in seven years and the Jack Nicklaus Trophy, for the golfer of the year as voted on by the players, is almost certain to find its way to his Florida home again.

"The Player of the Year award means a lot because it's from your peers," Woods said.

"That is like the ultimate compliment you can possibly have.

"The money list doesn't really interest me that much, because if you play more, you have a better chance of making more money.

"Obviously I don't play that many events and I'm concentrating on the bigger events.

"If I can win more events than anyone in the year and more majors than anyone in the year, it's going to be a great year."

In a season of many highlights, including a Presidents Cup win, Woods had no problem pinpointing his play at the four majors as the tournaments that stood out for him.

Victories at the Masters and the British Open pushed his majors tally to 10 and he came tantalisingly close to an ever-elusive grand slam, finishing second at the U.S. Open and in a tie for fourth at the PGA Championship.

"A great season," assessed Woods, who turns 30 in December.

"To make all the changes that we've made and to have this type of contention in major championships again, that's ultimately where I want to be.

"I want to be there on the back nine in every major with a chance to win it.

"This year I was there on all four. That to me, is exciting."

November 7, 2005

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