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Tiger Woods wins PGA Tour Player of the Year

Tiger Woods was voted PGA Tour player of the year for the seventh time in nine years on Tuesday, capping off a comeback season that included major victories at the U.S. Masters and British Open.

"No honour is higher than that of being selected by your peers," said PGA Tour president Tim Finchem in a statement.

After undergoing a torturous swing overhaul that limited him to a single title in 2004, Woods returned to form and the top of the world rankings in 2005, claiming six titles and over $10 million in earnings.

Along with the Jack Nicklaus trophy that goes to the player of the year as selected by his peers, Woods' crowded mantlepiece will also hold the Arnold Palmer Award as the Tour's top money winner and the Byron Nelson Award for lowest scoring average (68.66).

In other awards announced on Tuesday, American Sean O'Hair was voted PGA Tour rookie of the year after winning the John Deere Classic and more than $2 million in his first season on the Tour.

Olin Browne was named the comeback player of the year battling back from shoulder and back injuries to win the Deutsche Bank championship.

Jason Gore took Nationwide Tour player of the year honours, winning consecutive events and earning an immediate promotion the PGA Tour.

Shortly after his promotion Gore won the 84 Lumber Classic to cap off his dream season.

December 7, 2005

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